“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 17:11-12)
The Amalekites had attacked the children of Israel as they came out of Egypt. Joshua had led the Israelites on the battlefield against them. However, the key to the victory was for Moses to hold up the rod of God in his hands. When he did this, Israel prevailed in the battle. When he was unable to hold up the rod of God, the Amalekites prevailed. By his own strength Moses could not continue to hold up the rod of God. Aaron and Hur did a great work to support Moses’ hands so Moses could hold up the rod of God and Israel could be victorious.
Those who are striving to serve God need our support and encouragement. Whether they be elders, preachers, teachers or other types of servants of God, like Aaron and Hur we should be there beside them to hold up their hands. So often we allow ourselves to become tools of Satan by being critical of a preacher for preaching to long, or a teacher for not being “dynamic” enough, or elders for not making the decisions we think they ought to. Satan is doing his best to discourage them in their efforts to serve God. Don’t allow him to use you as his tool to discourage these fellow servants of God. Today, think of someone who is striving to serve God and pray for them and speak a word of encouragement to them.
“And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works..” (Hebrews 10:24)