“Moses…became so tired…Aaron and Hur…stood on each side… holding up his hands.” Ex 17:11-12 NLT
We like to think of ourselves as self-sufficient, but it’s wise to know when you need help. When Israel was fighting the Amalekites, as long as Moses held up his staff the Israelites prevailed; when he lowered it, the enemy gained the advantage. But like the rest of us, Moses was human and his “arms…became so tired he could no longer hold them up. So Aaron and Hur found a stone for him to sit on. Then they stood on each side …holding up his hands.” God not only gave Israel the victory that day, He showed Moses there are times when we all need help. One pastor says: “I remember a time I was deeply discouraged…I questioned whether I was the right person to pastor the church…A friend sensed my despair…took me out for coffee and listened to my concerns. He took time to [remind me] of all the ways God was using my leadership…He helped me gain the perspective I’d lost. By the end of our time together, I felt encouraged, ready to continue…I’ll always be thankful for the way he ‘held up my hands.’” Most of us find it easier to give help than to receive it. Sometimes accepting help means giving up your role as the martyr or victim, tearing down walls of independence you’ve spent years building and letting other people be there for you. If that sounds like you, pray this prayer: “Lord, You know I tend to rely on myself. Help me to accept the gift You’ve given me in the people who want to support and encourage me.”
Dear Pastor Don Wilton,
I look forward to The Encouraging Word online, since I no longer am connected to television.
I moved from Lynchburg, VA to West Union, SC last year. I am still a member of Thomas Road Baptist Church, an inactive member, evidently. I just wish your church was near here. I would go to hear you each Sunday.
I sang in the Old Time Gospel Hour Choir while in Lynchburg, but my singing days are about gone now. Never-the-less, I do enjoy raising my voice in song when I am in church or at home.
I would like to find a church that still sings a lot of the songs from the hymnal, but the music has changed so much in the churches now that it is hard to tell it from the secular music of the world.
I don't consider this new music sinful, but I just don't enjoy much of the contemporary stuff that is called music these days.
Just airing my thoughts this morning! Hope you don't mind!
Blessings to you and the ministry there in Spartanburg!
Wed, September 14, 2011 @ 12:23 PM
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