No matter who you are. No matter what your position is in your home, work, or local church. No matter what call is placed on your life. If you, or anyone of us, are going to successfully make it through this Christian journey we need support. We need encouragement from one another. We need assistance through hard times and struggles. In the midst of our personal and spiritual battles, we need a helping hand; someone who will be there as our advocate and friend to help us carry the load. We all need someone whom we can garner strength from in our times of weakness.
There was a time in the Bible when Moses sent Joshua out to battle against the Amalekites. During this battle, Moses stood atop a hill with the rod of God in his hand. As long as his hands were raised the battle would turn in their favor, giving them victory against their adversary. But, the longer the battle ensued the more cumbersome it became for Moses to hold that victory stance. For every time his hands became weak and he lowered his arms, the enemy would start prevailing against his people. Upon seeing the heavy hands of Moses, Aaron and Hur came to his aid. They offered him support. They sat Moses down on a rock and they held his heavy hands; they came alongside him during the fight to help keep his hands steady (read Exodus 17:8-13).
The Bible tells us, “Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow. . . And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken,” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12). There is strength in togetherness. There is value in being there for one another. When someone’s hands are getting too heavy to deal with the things in life, we as a people of God should come alongside them as the boys did for Moses, and help them through the battle. Then, we are unified as one in the struggle, offering the strength that cannot be easily torn away.
Do you or someone you know need assistance? Do you know someone who is having a hard time right now? It might be nothing big, but just the daily ins and outs of life are wearing on you or a friend. Can you offer encouragement to that one? If you are the one in a struggle and need help, I encourage you to not try to fight alone. Find someone who will come alongside you to champion your cause with you. If you know someone who is struggling, can you be the one that helps strengthen the heavy hands? What greater way to show the love of Christ in you than to be there for each other?
Bible Verses for Supporting Others:
Galatians 6:2 “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.”
Romans 15:1 “We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.”
Philippians 2:4 “Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.”
John 15:12 “This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.”
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4 thoughts on ““Strength for Heavy Hands””
Thanks so much for sharing this lesson. I truly needed it and it touched my heart. I am a care giver & sometimes I feel that I’m not doing all I can do, But know nothing else to do. Thank God I do have the support of other family members. Thank God for you sending me what I needed today.
Dear Carolyn, I have personally never been a caregiver outside of raising my own children. But, I have personally seen people very close to me sacrifice for those who need them. What I have witnessed is that it is a work of the heart (with a lot of time, sweat, and sometimes tears, too). I am sure that your compassion and work of love is much appreciated (even if it can’t be expressed as we may need it to be). Know this, I will be praying for you and those whom you care for. We thank God for people like you who are so willing to give of self for the benefit of others. Many blessings to you! Thank you for stopping by and commenting.
Amen I just experienced that last night with a friend needing help with a son in jail and she was looking for a ministry that made prison visitations. I text every saint I thought who might know and got an answer. The same thought came in my Spirit as I thanked everyone who responded that we as churches needed to use our resources to help each other.
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What an awesome testimony, Deanna! I believe God is just speaking to the heart of His people to love on one another and help one another through this life. Your comment is so encouraging. May God continue to bless you, your friend, and her son as well. I will be lifting you all up in prayer. Blessings to you!