The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim. 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.”
So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. 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. So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword. Exodus 17:8-13 NIV
Lately, I’ve been tired! I felt like there were so many battles that I couldn’t fight them on my own. There were so many things weighing on my mind that threatened to disrupt my psyche. Although I have always had perseverance, I must admit going through the struggle wanted to make me shut down and just give up. Personal and business finances, family health, feelings of loneliness, loss of sleep, I was just TIRED and I needed help!
Similar to the Israelites, I was fighting a battle. With a heavy heart and mind it was getting hard to accomplish anything and to keep focus. Although I began to stand on the word of God and His promises, I was still weakened from the blows. There were some things that I needed to be doing but had no resources to make them happen. I was struggling. My mother was sick and I really needed to take the trip to see her in person and assess her medical situation. I was trying to fight the battles but on my own I was being defeated.
The Israelites had just finished complaining about God and being in the desert when this battle began with the Amalekites; however, the only way they could win is by Moses holding up the staff of God. As the scripture tells us, Moses arms grew tired. I imagine he was tired of holding his arms up for these nagging nonbelievers. He probably reflected and thought, God why me? Why do I have to bear my own burdens plus all of the Israelites? I just want to put my hands down!
Just as I became absorbed in my pity party, and thinking “God I should just put my hands down and give up,” You began to send people to me to lift me up. Unsolicited, friends began to call and offer financial assistance to get me home to see about my mother. People called with encouraging words to lift me up. I was so amazed because many of the people aren’t associates with each other but were obedient when God told them to “lift me up” when I was too tired to hold on.
As my former Pastor would say, “I don’t care how BIG your Bible is, every now and then you are going to go through something.” These battles are much easier when you have a support system that will hold you up when you are down, pray for you and are obedient to the word that God sends to them.
Thank You for my arm holders. You knew exactly what I needed and when I needed it. Continue to surround me with people who care about people. As I wait on the promises that you have made for me towards me, I have reflection sessions. I am grateful that You have ordered my steps. Allow me to be an arm holder, a strong tower and a support system for someone else in need. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to hold on just a little while longer. Help is on the way! Although things may look dim, there is light at the end of the tunnel. The battles will try to knock the wind out of you so make sure people who will lift you up as you endure each battle surround you.
Ladies, how has God supported you in the midst of your battle?
Ms. Chancee` Lundy lives in Washington, DC and is an entrepreneur as she is the co-owner of Nspiregreen, LLC, an environmental consulting firm. She is also a dedicated daughter, sister, friend and community servant. She has used her gift of public speaking to lead workshops across the globe speaking to crowds as large as 10,000 people. Her guiding scriptures this week are Philippians 4:11-13 “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me.”