A Little Help, Please
Readings: Exodus 17:8-16a, Acts 11:19-30, John 14:27-29
This week's reading from Exodus tells of Moses standing on a hill above the battle with the staff of God in his hands. When he held it up, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. Aaron and Hur brought a stone for Moses to sit on, and each held up one of Moses' hands whenever he got tired, "so that his hands remained steady till sunset." (I saw a commentary that said they took care of Moses' physical needs so he could take care of the nation's spiritual needs.) Sometimes we all need a little help to gain the victory, don't we? Moses made the point that God brought the victory, "For hands were lifted up to the throne of the Lord." When we endeavor to lift our hands to the throne of the Lord, even though we are going through some tough battle, God will be with us. When our faithful arms get tired, or doubts and fears nip at our hands, or illness or loss force us to sit down, then we can really use a hand-lifting helper. These things we should do as the body of Christ - encourage, support and love one another. If you know someone under stress right now, be an encourager and help them out some way. If you are in a tough season of life right now, ask others for help. I know it's uncomfortable to ask, but you will be blessed by the support, prayers and love poured on you. In the Acts 11 reading, Barnabas went to Antioch and "When he arrived and saw the evidence of the grace of God, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts." I see the evidence of the grace of God in many people at Shepherd, and I encourage you all, as Barnabas did, to remain true to the Lord with all your heart. Lift your hands to the throne of the Lord, and He might show you a friend that needs just a little help keeping their hands steady while waiting for the Lord's victory to come!