You know the scene. A guy walks into an old western bank with a bandana over his mouth and nose and waves a revolver around and shouts, “This is a hold up!” But that is not what this article is about. This is a different kind of hold up. In Exodus 17, the story of the battle between Amalek and the children of Israel is recorded. Moses tells Joshua to gather a group of men together to go fight and says that he will stand on a hill with the “rod of God in his hand.” The next day, the Israelites go out to battle, and they soon realize that as long as Moses’ hands are raised, they prevailed against the enemy; conversely, when his hands were lowered, the enemy prevailed. However, as the day wore on, Moses grew tired, and it became difficult for him to keep his hands up. Along came Aaron and Hur, they took a rock for Moses to sit on, and then they each stood on one side of Moses and held up his arms. This is our hold up challenge:
- Hold up the Man of God and His Family – in prayer, in deeds of kindness, in living clean and pure lives that bring honor to the name of Christ.
- Hold up Your Family – in prayer, in training of your children, in a steady and calm home.
- Hold up Someone – there is someone who needs you to be a help and encouragement to them, a word or deed of kindness, or a quiet prayer in their hour of need.
Everyone, including myself, tend to just get busy with the day-to-day events and not think once about others that need our prayers and efforts. It is often the smallest deeds that have the greatest impact. I can imagine that neither Aaron nor Hur thought their efforts would count for much. They simply saw Moses in need of holding up his arms and decided to help.
This is a hold up… challenge. Who will you hold up?
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Mrs. Chung grew up around the work of the ministry and now has the privilege of teaching at the North Valley Baptist Schools. She and her husband faithfully teach young people and are a vital asset to the ministry of NVBC.