30 Days of Thanks & Praise! Day #19 - Lord, Thank You for the Servants Like Hur (Exodus 17:8-13)
Lord, Thank You for the Servants Like Hur (Exodus 17:8-13)
Even God's people must experience a number of trials, and they often pile up quickly one upon another. But trials are not without profit…if we react to the trial properly. They can strengthen our faith and help us grow spiritually. Have you ever been in a difficult situation or trial and wondered what God was trying to do in your life, or teach you? We can be troubled, or we can trust in the Lord. Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”What do we do when some crisis stares us in the face? No crisis is more threatening and frightening than war that is launched right at one's back yard. When the enemies of life attack us, our duty is to go before the LORD and cry out to Him for victory. When our circumstances overwhelm us, we put our trust in the Lord. We all need holding up. We all need our arms, or our faith, propped up by the arms, or faith, of another.
Moses used spiritual weapons. Moses’ actions demonstrated that he was dependent on God for victory. The battle was the Lord’s. He went to the hillside and raised his shepherd’s staff, a symbol of God’s presence, His promises, and His power (Exodus 17:8-12). When Moses lowered his hands, they began to lose the battle (Exodus 17:11). Aaron and Hur helped Moses by giving him a seat and holding up his hands (Exodus 17:12). The result was that they overwhelmed the enemy (Exodus 17:13). Sometimes the Lord fights for His people (as at the Red Sea), and sometimes through His people (here at Rephidim). Raising one’s arms is a sign of dependent prayer; He intercedes for us (Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25). When Moses’ hands were held up as a sign of intercession, Israel prevailed in the battle. When Moses' hands were allowed to fall down, Amalek prevailed. After a while, Moses became to weary to hold his own hands up, so Aaron and Hur stepped up and held Moses' hands up until the battle was finished.
Allow me to share with you 3 characteristics of servants like Hur that make them very special to the Kingdom work of God. Today, I want to tell you why I thank God for servants like Hur. Servants like Hur are:
1. Absolutely Invaluable (Exodus 17:12)
Moses was unable to hold his hands up, and if they fell, the Amalekites would certainly have won the battle. However, Aaron and Hur stepped forth and held the hands of Moses up until the battle was won. The task Hur accomplished that day doesn't sound like a lot, however, had it not been for the work of this man, Moses would not have had the strength to do his job and Joshua would never have been able to lead Israel to victory in the battle. Had they not been there, the battle would have been lost and Israel would have been defeated! The job they performed was absolutely invaluable! I’m thankful for the people who are praying and serving in their local church. Prior to me approaching the pulpit to preach, I know that some saint of God has spent hours before the Lord on my behalf.
2. Always Involved (Exodus 17:8-10, 12)
Hur wasn't a great leader like Moses. He wasn't a great General like Joshua. He wasn't a great High Priest like Aaron. He wasn't a warrior like those in the army. He was just Hur. The Bible does tell us on this day, there was one thing Hur could do and he did it willingly, actively, and faithfully. He could hold up hands and he did the best job he could! Remember that the Lord has placed us in His body in the place that pleased Him (I Corinthians 12:4-27). Therefore, whether we are a highly visible part of the body, or an unnoticed part, we are all essential to the proper functioning of the body of Christ! NOTICE: The whole idea here is that while we can't do everything, we can do what we can do! Remember the words of Jesus to Mary in Mark 14:8, “She hath done what she could.” It isn’t important if you can’t do what others can do, it is important that you do what you can do. Listen and obey the Lord’s leading and He will bless your life! Thank God for those people who know they can't do everything, but are determined to do something!
3. At Times Invisible. (Exodus 17:12)
I praise the Lord for everyone who is faithful behind the scenes! When William Booth, the founder of The Salvation Army, felt the call of the Lord to go into the streets of London and begin ministering to street people, he stood in a Methodist Conference meeting and requested permission from the presiding bishop to be released from his church to go into the streets and preach. The bishop heard the request and denied it telling Booth that they would not waste a man of his education and talent on the people of the streets. Upon hearing this, Booth sat down, resigned to defeat. His wife was seated in the balcony, because women were not allowed on the first floor. She stood up and leaned over the rail. She called to her husband and told him to listen to God and not to man. She vowed to stand with her husband against every foe. She came down from the balcony, Booth took her by the arm and they left the building to go into the streets to win people to Jesus. He was ready to quit, but his wife, a lady who usually stayed in the background, stepped out of the shadow of her husband to hold up his arms at a critical time in his life!
I am almost sure that there are some who are reading this devotion who can relate to Hur.
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