Staying in the battle can be tough


By Aaron Cooke, Ministry Intern, Living Hope Church, Little Falls

Each of our lives is a struggle. Life can be a long, hard battle. Some of us have screaming kids, others have tough 9 to 5 jobs every day and many have both. Struggle is a part of our lives. We wouldn’t be who we are without it. There will be times in our lives when the struggles won’t let up.

In Exodus 17:8-13, Moses has led the Israelites out of Egypt into the wilderness. As they wandered, they came across the Amalekites and fought them.

“Moses said to Joshua, ‘Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands.’ [10] So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. [11] As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning.” Exodus 17:8-11

This is what the everyday battle can look like, whether it is a temptation, work or schooling. It is so easy to let our hands fall down and give up, but one of the best ways for us to stay strong through the battle is in a community.

“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. [13] So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.” Exodus 17:12-13.

Facing our struggles alone can lead to giving up and letting go. No one should face life alone. Try to find at least one person, preferably more, who can support you and lift you up when you feel like you can’t press through the battle. These people can be family members, friends at church (such as fellow members of a small group)  or even the person next door.

An important item to remember is that the task of raising hands was given to Moses, not Aaron or Hur. When you receive support don’t make your problem become the supporter’s problem.

Also remember, the battle with the Amalekites was only for a period of time. Your battle will end. All you need to do is keep those hands up and allow others to give their support.