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Donít Run Alone

Donít Run Alone
September 2, 2017

Read: Exodus 17:8Ė13
Bible in a Year: Psalms 137Ė139; 1 Corinthians 13

Since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses . . . let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.óHebrews 12:1

My husband Jack was on mile 25 out of 26 when his strength failed him.

This was his first marathon, and he was running alone. After stopping for a drink of water at an aid station, he felt exhausted and sat down on the grass beside the course. Minutes passed, and he couldnít get up. He had resigned himself to quitting the race when two middle-aged schoolteachers from Kentucky came by. Although they were strangers, they noticed Jack and asked if he wanted to run with them. Suddenly, he found his strength restored. Jack stood and accompanied by the two women he finished the race.

Those women who encouraged Jack remind me of Aaron and Hur, two friends who helped Moses, the leader of the Israelites, at a key point (Ex. 17:8Ė13). The Israelites were under attack. In battle, they were winning only as long as Moses held his staff up (v. 11). So when Mosesís strength began to fail, Aaron and Hur stood on either side of him, holding up his arms for him until sunset (v. 12).

Following God is not a solo endeavor. He did not create us to run the race of life alone. Companions can help us persevere through difficulty as we do what God has called us to do. óAmy Peterson

God, thank You for relationships that encourage me to continue following You. Help me to be a source of strength for others, as well.


Who can I encourage to persevere through difficulty today?

INSIGHT: Several unique battle plans recorded in Scripture include marching around a city and blowing trumpets (Josh. 6), surrounding the camp with torches and blowing trumpets (Judg. 7), and todayís story of raising hands (Ex. 17). While we have no record of when or why the battle plan in Exodus 17 was established, Mosesís lifted hands was clearly the deciding factor in who was winning (see v. 11). However, it wasnít just up to Moses to keep his hands raised; the result was the same when Aaron and Hur held up Mosesís hands.

The combined efforts of Moses, Aaron, and Hur allowed Joshua to win the battle. In verses 14-16 we read something interesting about Joshua: He may not have known he was being helped. Moses instructs that the events of the battle, both on the field and behind the scenes, be written in a scroll and to make sure Joshua hears it (v. 14). Perhaps Moses intended that Joshua not think the battle was won by the strength of the army or by brilliant leadership. But itís possible that he wanted Joshua to know he wasnít alone in the battle, just as Moses wasnít alone in his task. J.R. Hudberg

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David Lott
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