Posted by: springsinthedesert | December 16, 2009

Victories On Knees

Now Amalek came and fought with Israel in Rephidim. And Moses said to Joshua, “Choose us some men and go out, fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in my hand.” So Joshua did as Moses said to him, and fought with Amalek. And Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. And so it was, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.But Moses’ hands became heavy; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.

            Exodus 17:8-12


The victory in a battle is always based on the fighting strategies and strengths of the armies involved in the battle. But in Exodus chapter 17, we see a victory, quite different and out of ordinary. The people of Israel had just experienced God’s might hands in their exodus from Egypt and the provisions of manna in the wilderness. But before reaching the promised land, they had to face many battles and one among them were the Amalekites. God was ready to do anything for them. So Moses asked Joshua to get ready for the battle and fight against the Amalek while he will stand on top of the hill with the rod of God in his hand.

For Moses, this rod is like God’s presence with him. He has seen, God doing many miracles using this rod. So he knew very well that this rod can do extraordinary things for them in the battle too.I have heard somewhere that it takes intercession on the mountain as well as intervention in the valley, for God’s people to win the victory. It means that both are well-connected. Joshua fighting in the valley alone will not win the battle. It needs both Moses at the hill-top and Joshua at the valley to attain the victory. We read that every time Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed and when he let down, the enemy prevailed.

We too in our journey to the promised land, face many battles. Amalek people in our life is nothing but the world, the sins and the devil. They try to pull us down and prevent us from reaching our destination. Their main aim is to destroy us in the wilderness. Like Joshua, we need to prepare ourselves for the battle and take efforts to destroy the enemy. But these kind of enemies will not be destroyed only by our frantic efforts. We need prayer. We need constant communion with God. Our victory to our everyday battles depends on our prayer times in the throne of God.

One more thing that spoke to me from this passage is that Aaron and Hur supported Moses in this intercession. When Moses hands became heavy, they did everything to support him. Moses could not hold his hand up till the sun went down. It is so human to get tired and feel like giving up. When the answer is delayed, you feel tired in prayer. When you do not see any changes in life, you lose the hope in prayer. When the responsibility of intercession weighs you down, you feel tired. If it can happen with Moses, it can definitely happen with you and me. Sometimes, I feel the burden so heavy for me to carry alone. May be just a pat on the shoulder or an encouraging word can lighten up that burden. We have the responsibility to be like Aaron and Hur to support the heavy hands of many like Moses. There are many out there with heavy hands and hearts, finding themselves at the edge of giving up. Many things around us make it difficult for them to hold up even for the next second. A short phone call saying that you are praying for them will ease their heavy heart. A note with an encouraging verse from the bible will help them continue the faith in prayer.

Today, if you are fighting against Amalek in the valley, don’t forget to intercede in the mountain at the throne of God. The more you pray, the more victorious your life will be.The chirstian missionary martyr Jim Elliot said “The army of the Lord is most often victorious when it marches forward “on its knees””. Make a decision to write down the names of people whom you know are tired in life with many of their circumstances. Support them in many ways so that their burden can be lightened by your small efforts. God asked Moses to write down a memorial about what happened so that Joshua can always remember that Amalekites are always defeated by God. In the same way, whatever we do will be written down in a memorial so that every time we look back, it reminds of our victory with the help of God.   

 God Bless,

Rani John


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