And take your shepherd’s staff with you, and use it to perform the miraculous signs I have shown you. [Exodus 4:1 (NLT)]
As I struggled with the last few reps of the dumbbell chest press, my trainer gave me a bit of help and said, “There’s nothing wrong with a little assisted lifting!” I thought of his comment later that day when a friend asked me to lift her in my prayers. Assisted lifting—we all need it at some time or another!
When the Israelites were camped at Rephidim, they were attacked by the Amalekites. Moses, Aaron and Hur climbed to the top of a nearby hill to watch the battle. Moses stood there extending his staff up with his raised arms. As long as he kept the staff raised, the Israelites advanced but, when the staff was lowered, they would encounter a setback. The battle seemed to depend more on Moses and that staff than it did on the men in combat.
Moses’ staff wasn’t just an ordinary shepherd’s staff; through God’s power it had turned water into blood, brought hail and locusts, and produced water from a rock. When Moses picked up his staff and raised his hand over the Red Sea, the waters had divided. Associated with God’s miracles, that staff was the Israelites’ assurance of God’s presence and power. As long as the staff was uplifted, they could see it and were reassured of God’s presence. The battle was long, however, and eighty-year old Moses began to tire. As his arms fatigued, the staff would drop and the Amalekites would begin to succeed. Aaron and Hur found a stone on which Moses could sit and then the two men stood beside him and held up Moses’ arms; they provided some “assisted lifting!” Moses didn’t fail as a leader because he needed assistance—he led his people to victory because he accepted help.
Assisted lifting! Sometimes, like Moses, we actually need physical assistance. Other times, as with my friend, we need to be lifted in prayer. Assisted lifting doesn’t mean we’re weak—it gives us the strength to succeed.
Thank you, Heavenly Father, for the people who lend a hand to help us in our challenges or lighten our loads by raising us in prayer. Thank you, for the many ways you provide us with the assisted lifting that can lead us to victory.