Weekly Devotion – Exodus 17:12

Published 10:09 pm Wednesday, March 27, 2024

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By Mike Caton

Exodus 17:12, “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.”

As long as Moses held his hands up the Israelites were winning, but how long can you hold your hands up? It might sound easy, but in reality it is a hard thing to do. Simply put, your arms will get tired, regardless of how strong you are or how good a shape you are in. We get tired. Remember that, we all get tired. We might be the leader, maybe at home, maybe at work, maybe in the church, maybe in the community, wherever, but you will get tired. You will get discouraged, you will feel like you cannot go on, and maybe you can’t. This is a normal feeling.

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And we all need Aarons and Hurs in our lives. We need people who will come along side of us and help us support us. We need people who will hold us up when we are simply and completely give out. They got Moses a rock to sit on and they held his hands up, they held his hands steady until sunset. We don’t know what time they got the rock seat. But we do see they stayed until the sun went down, the rest of the day. Do you think they got tired of holding Moses’ hands? Probably. But they knew that their friend Moses needed their help. And they knew Joshua needed their help and they knew all of the soldiers in the battle were depending on them. And so they held tight, they remained at their post. There is no shame in needing someone, and there is no shame in receiving help.

So, remember that this morning. It is OK to need help. We often have to carry more than we need to, more than we should, more than we can. Let others come along side of you and share the burden. And remember, sometimes we need to go to someone and help them out. Aaron is mentioned over 300 more times in the Bible. Hur is only mentioned 15. Sometimes we are just the helper. We don’t need recognition for that. We just need to do the job God has put before us. So help someone with no thought of recognition. All three of these men on the hill were important in the battle.

Father, help me give help and accept help. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Mike Caton is the preacher at Mount Olive Church of Christ in Belhaven. He volunteers at the Ponzer Fire Department and works full time with Hyde County EMS. If you would like to receive daily devotions in your inbox, email mikecaton@centurylink.net.