Shortly after the Israelites left Egypt the Amalekites came and attacked them.

“Moses said to Joshua, ‘Choose some of our men and go out and fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on the 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 got 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 until sunset. So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword” (Exodus 17:8-13).

Joshua gets the credit for defeating the Amalekites, but he didn’t do it without help. Actually, if it weren’t for Moses holding the staff of God up, he would have lost. And, Moses couldn’t hold the staff up without help. So, if it weren’t for Aaron and Hur helping Moses who was helping Joshua, the Israelites would have been defeated.

Men are independent. It’s a part of the leadership role that God has assigned to us. But, we can’t fight all of our battles alone. The Amalekites would have ate Joshua alive if he didn’t have help. And, Moses would have had to helplessly watch his people die in battle if it were not for Aaron and Hur.

Solomon wrote, “Two are better than one because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-11).

Men, we also face Amalekites–debt, sickness, addiction, lust–and, if we try to face them alone, they’ll eat us alive. Pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up. Joshua won the battle because he had a line of support that reached all the way to the throne of God. An entire army depended on that support. Alone we can be overpowered, but together we can win.


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