September 21 – Exodus 17:8-16

September 21 – Exodus 17:8-16

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8 Then Amalek came and fought with Israel at Rephidim. 9 So Moses said to Joshua, “Choose for us men, and go out and fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the staff of God in my hand.” 10 So Joshua did as Moses told him, and fought with Amalek, while Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. 11 Whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed, and whenever he lowered his hand, Amalek prevailed. 12 But Moses' hands grew weary, so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it, while Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side. So his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. 13 And Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people with the sword.
14 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write this as a memorial in a book and recite it in the ears of Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven.” 15 And Moses built an altar and called the name of it, The Lord Is My Banner, 16 saying, “A hand upon the throne[c] of the Lord! The Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.”

God is always the one to win our battles for us. It’s nothing in us that is truly capable of winning because we are fighting an enemy that is a very conniving and strong enemy. I’m grateful that our God is stronger. There are many times I’m weak in my fight and I reach out to God and He sends me help by way of a friend. That is what He did here. He had Aaron and Hur hold up Moses arms when He became too weak. What we must remember though is that the strength is in God, not the friends. If we start thinking the friends are the ones with the strength rather than God, He will show us the truth. He gives us godly friends to help us, but I have had times where I depended on my friends more than I was depending on God, and He removed those relationships. The one we can always count on is God. There might be people in our lives that support us and help us but make no mistake that they are only there as long as God allows them to be. We need to gain our strength from Him. Pray to Him today to help you lean on Him and Him alone.

Heavenly Father, thank You for the many friends You have sent my way over the years. It is so interesting though that I would have thought as I aged, I would have more friends. I meet many people and connect with so many loving Christians, but it seems You have narrowed down who You want me to consider friends. As I have drawn closer to You, I realize that sometimes those we consider friends, are really more acquaintances. Not that they are bad people, but they really don’t know me well enough to consider me a “friend”. There are many I’m friendly with, and truly care about, but life is so busy sometimes we don’t always get a chance to become friends. I think about Jesus and His twelve closest “friends”, and even He had one that wasn’t a true friend. Then He had those three who truly knew Him best, but even with those three, they didn’t really understand who He was and why He was there, until after His death and resurrection. You, Father, were the one He truly relied on for guidance, love and strength to get through each day. May I take that example He gave and rely on You for the strength to get through every day, not just the tough ones. Thank You Father for always being there for me. You are so patient, kind and always available. What an amazing Father You are.
In Jesus’ name.


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