But Moses’ hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. – Ex. 17:12 KJV
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The Israelites had just arrived Rephidim from the wilderness of Sin when they complained of being thirsty. Following instructions from the Lord, Moses had struck the rock at Mount Horeb and water became available for them with the place renamed Massah and Meribah by Moses because of the manner in which the Israelites demanded for water – Ex. 17:1-7.
They had barely gone through this experience when Moses became aware of imminent attack by the Amalekites. He had no choice than to prepare for war by instructing Joshua to prepare men for the battle. He, on his own part was going to stand on a hill and raise the rod of the Lord in a symbol of victory. By this he made both physical and spiritual arrangement for the battle. Joshua followed the directives of Moses whilst Moses went up the hill with Aaron and Hur – Ex. 17:8-10. The war commenced in earnest but it was observed that the Israelites only had the upper hand for as long as Moses’ hand and by implication, the rod of God remained raised, but like mortal man, he was getting tired and the rod was coming down, and this had a negative effect of their winning the battle, as the Amalekites prevailed at such occasions – Ex. 17:11. To prevent the hand of Moses from coming down due to tiredness, Aaron and Hur devised a plan to provide a rock on which Moses was to sit on whilst they both chose one arm each and kept it raised – Ex. 17:12. In this position, the Israelites prevailed until victory was finally achieved.
The following facts emerge from this event:
1. There is the likelihood of a spiritual component of every physical battle. Life battles are most times more spiritual than physical. Whoever is involved in any battle in life must define the type of battle being fought before setting out on fighting the battle. A battle set in the spiritual will never be won in the physical, irrespective of the armory built against the supposed enemy. Winning such battles in the spiritual realm will be very important for any victory to be achieved in the physical. Learn to deploy more of spiritual armory in your life battles and you are more likely going to succeed. Targeting all those physical enemies may just be a waste of time as they will be quickly replaced by another, if at all you succeed in defeating them physically without achieving victory in the spiritual realm.
2. Victory in the spiritual will almost imply victory in the physical. There is almost little or nothing to do when you have successfully fought your battles in the spiritual realm. No matter how long it takes for the physical battle to disappear, there will always be assurance of your victory at the end if you win in the spiritual realm.
3. There is a role for several people to play in your life battle. You will not always be able to fight and win your battles in life alone. You will not only need people to help you to victory, but such people must also be committed to your success. Wrong people included in your team will only create a weak point in that victory chain that the enemy will eventually exploit. Select the right people on both sides, physical and spiritual, and you can be sure that you will attain victory.
4. The spiritual victory is beyond the individual that is seen by people. Victory in the spiritual may have individuals such as pastors, prophets, etc., playing visible roles, but the actual activity is being played by unseen actors. No one is able to associate any individual’s activity with the prevalence of the Israelites when the rod of God was lifted and the reverse effect when the rod of God was going down, but it just happens that the Israelites continue to prevail for as long as the rod is raised.
5. Even the spiritual leader needs support to ensure victory as the human part of the person may hinder success if it is not properly addressed. No matter the level of spirituality that one may attain, there will always be the need for support during the battles of life, as the human component can set in at any particular point during the battle which may just be the time when the enemy is beginning to have an upper hand. Failure at this point will mean total loss of the battle but proper deployment of support, in anticipation of human frailties that can happen in the course of battle keeps the pressure constant on the enemy and thus ultimately ensure victory. Recruit the right people for your spiritual battles and you are on the path to victory.
The Amalekites lost the battle to the Israelites, not because of the troops that Joshua assembled or the battle skills of Joshua, even though they were physically engaged in the battle. It was not because Moses was very spiritual and was able to spiritually direct the battle from the hill top, after all, all he had to do was to sit down and keep the rod of God raised. It was definitely not because there was special powers oozing out from the rod that Moses had named the rod of God as there was no record of such event documented in the scriptures. It was not because Aaron and Hur were able to support Moses with their own spirituality but it was simply because they diligently obeyed an instruction to keep the rod raised. What a simple solution to a big problem but that is the way God works. He uses little things to trouble and shame the powerful – 1Cor. 1:27. All that needs to happen is for one who believes in him to watch out for his manner of intervention and remain in those instructions.
You may also be in a situation where you are being attacked by the Amalekites of your life. You will definitely have roles to play, but acknowledge at all times that all your role entails is to implement His strategy for that battle and not the physicality or enthusiasm that you deploy for the battle. Always remember that the war will always be won by implementing those little things. May God continue to be available to lead your battle lines in Jesus name. Amen.