Friday 22nd March

Exodus 17:10-13 - 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.

I love these verses. They give us such insight into how God works - which is so different to how we might expect. The battle is not won by those with strength or the right armour or those leading the way.

The battle is won in the background by those who are willing to give their time and strength to holding others up,  to supporting and caring and strengthening those who need it.

Our role and responsibilities might not seem to be vital or that important in comparison to others around us but this passage tells us that each role is crucial. Being an arm holder doesn’t seem that great a job but being an arm holder was what won the battle.

Our prayers and intercession for one another may be the key to winning the battle - let’s be holding up each other’s arms that we might see victories won.

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