Published January 26, 2010
In Exodus 17:8-13 we read the story of a great battle between Moses, leading the Israelites, and the Amalekites. Joshua led the troops and Moses stood at the top of the hill and held up his hands with the staff of God as God had commanded him to do. As long as his hands and the staff were raised, Joshua and the Israelites were successful. When Moses' arms became tired and he lowered his hands, Joshua and the Israelites lost ground. Finally, Aaron and Hur came to Moses' rescue and supported his hands, one on each side. Joshua, with God's help, defeated Amalek.
Another story from Exodus is in chapter 18. Moses' father-in-law, Jethro, came to visit. Jethro watched Moses judge the people in their difficulties working every day from early morning to night. Because of this, Moses was always tired. And the people were tired of waiting.
Jethro asked Moses, "why do you alone sit and all the people stand before you from morning until evening? This is too much for you." Jethro's counsel was to choose men to judge over thousands, men to judge over hundreds, men to judge over 50s and men over tens. "Let them send the hard' cases to you." That is what Moses did.
The first (Exodus) story was a successful battle. It was possible because Aaron and Hur helped Moses by holding his hands up.
The second story saw Moses enlisting the help of wise Godly men to work through the difficulties and judge among the many people under his direction. Moses didn't do it all; the leaders worked together.
Whether you are looking at what you can do in the devastation of Haiti or other needs around you, the solution is not in your hands alone. We all need others to work with us. But, we all need to do our part. Working together we can meet needs.
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