Aaron and Hur held his hands up–one on one side, one on the other– Exodus 17:12
A lecturer, when explaining stress management to an audience, raised a glass of water and asked, “How heavy is this glass of water?” Answers called out ranged from 20g to 500g. The lecturer replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long you try to hold it.
If I hold it for a minute, that’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, you’ll have to call an ambulance. In each case, it’s the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.”
That’s how it is with our pain, stress, and burdens. When faced with a situation we can look at it and say “I can handle this” but as time goes on it begins to weigh us down until it can become crippling. Burdens can come from a simple misunderstanding or a tragedy. It doesn’t matter that origin or the size, it can become increasingly heavy if we hold tight to it.
Some ways to reduce the heaviness is to share it with a close friend who will be supportive and non-judgmental; do something for someone else in pain, focusing your thoughts and efforts outward instead of inward; pray to God for His peace and understanding and to help you rest in Him.
Exodus 17:8-13 (see text below)tells the story of a battle Joshua led the Israelites against the Amalekites. During the battle whenever Moses held up his hands to the Lord the Israelites are winning the battle, but when he is tired and unable to hold his hands up they are losing in the battle. Aaron and Hur come alongside Moses and hold his hand up until the Amalekites are defeated.
Like Moses, go to God in prayer, bring in a prayer partner to keep you focused on the Lord. Lay your burden down and rest physically, emotionally and spiritually so that you may know God’s peace in all circumstances.
Exodus 17:8-13 The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim. Moses said to Joshua, “Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands.” So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up–one on one side, one on the other–so that his hands remained steady till sunset. So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.
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