12 When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up– one on one side, one on the other– so that his hands remained steady till sunset. (Exodus 17:12 NIV)
There’s a great story from Moses’ life that has great application for you and me as we seek to live our lives for the Lord. In Exodus 17, the Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim. Moses told Joshua to choose men and go fight the enemy while he went to the top of the hill and held out the staff of God over the battle. We learn that as long as Moses held up the staff, Joshua and his men had the upper hand in the battle. Whenever Moses lowered the staff the Amalekites gained the advantage. Moses was old, the battle was long, and his arms got tired. What was he to do? It doesn’t matter how strong a person’s will is—the battle will wear you down, your arms will hang limp, and weariness will eventually overtake you.
We read in verse 10 that Aaron and Hur saw what was happening to Moses and they went to the top of the hill to join Moses. They sat him on a rock and one man got on one side while the other moved to the opposite side and they held up Moses’ weary arms. With Aaron on one side and Hur on the other we read, “…his hand remained steady till unset.” In the very next verse we read, “So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.” (Exodus 17:13 NIV)
The battles we face are real. We’re not battling the army of the Amalekites, but our struggle is just as real as that faced by Moses and the army of Israel. I hope you noticed that the battle was fought on two fronts: Moses interceding on the hill while the men battled down below. We need God’s help. We must always pray about the battles we face in life. At the same time we must fight the good fight on the field of battle each and every day.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve become weary in the battle and the Lord provided my own Aaron and Hur to come alongside of me. The Lord has used His people to encourage me, strengthen me, and hold me up when I was ready to give up. I not only need an Aaron and Hur, but God has called me to be an Aaron or Hur for those brothers and sisters of mine who are weary on the battlefield. I need to pray daily, “Lord, whose hands can I hold up today?”