“And so it was, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses’ hands became heavy; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.” Exodus 17:11-12
For a few years when I was in college I was an avid weightlifter. I still like working out but not like I did when I was between 19 and 21 years of age.
There was one lift, though, that I hated. I hated doing the squat lift. I didn’t like the way it felt. It felt dangerous. I felt like I was out of control and that the bar and all that weight was going to crush me. It didn’t matter that all the books and magazines extolled the squat lift as being the king of all lifts. It didn’t matter that whether you were a bodybuilder or a powerlifter you couldn’t achieve the highest possible result without mastering the squat. I was afraid of it and I hated it.
But there was one day when things were different. I was working out alone, I never had a lifting partner so I’d just ask someone else in the gym to spot me if I needed one. It was leg day and I was getting set up to do some squats when Andy stepped up and asked if he could do squats with me.
Now Andy was big. At least two inches taller and fifty pounds of solid muscle heavier. Andy could have easily squatted my weight and the weight of the bar I was lifting.
Having Andy spot me that day was like someone had wrapped be in a security blanket. I was absolutely unafraid and that day I was able to lift far more than I was ever able to lift at any other time. Andy didn’t lift a single pound of the weight but his help gave me confidence to make me stronger.
I’ve found that same principle true in a lot of other situations as well and it’s led me to the conclusion that God hasn’t designed us to perform at our best when we’re alone. God’s designed us to work best when we work with others.
Our focus text today illustrates that reality. Moses alone was unable to to give Joshua’s army the support needed to achieve victory but with help his faith could find expression in action and he could prevail.
God hasn’t called us, the members of his church, to work alone. If he had he wouldn’t have prayed that the Father would make us united in the gospel of John, chapter 17. We all need companions, partners, mentors, coworkers, and supporters. We may be able to work well by ourselves but if we work together we’ll work even better.