Text: Exodus 17:8-13
Moses has successfully led his people out of Egypt. Going through the desert, their water supplies have dropped and they’re thirsty, so they stopped at a place called Rephidim and God Provides them water to drink. While They’re recuperating, Amalek and his army surprises them and attacks them. Abraham tells Joshua to get a squad together to go and fight Amalek, Im going to go to the top of the Hill and hold up the rod of God. Moses, Aaron, and Hur, go up to the hill and Moses holds up the rod. While the rod is lifted, Israel is winning the war, but when his hands dropped they would begin losing the war. Aaron and Hur seen his weariness begin to get the better of him and decides to not only give him a stone to rest on, but also lifts up his hands for him when he could no longer hold them up himself. Because of this, they end up winning this battle.
Weariness? Defined as:
– exhausted in strength, endurance, vigor, or freshness
– having one’s patience, tolerance, or pleasure exhausted —used with of
In Ephesians 6, Paul is encouraging us to put on God’s armor. Paul knew that we as believers, are constantly at war spiritually. Satan is always seeking a way to attack, trying to find any possible angle to come in wreak havoc. Much like Amalek and his army, Satan will usually attack us when we are least expecting it, taking us completely by surprise.
Even in those surprise moments, we can usually fight him off initially. We got our scriptures we can throw out, we’ll pray a lil bit, worship a lil bit, we don’t just roll over. James tells us that if we resist the devil he’ll flee…but James never said he wasn’t gonna come back again, and again, and again, and again. We have these strategies for when things are fighting against us how to overcome, but its not often we hear about how to fight multiple battles at once, or how to successfully stand against consecutive rounds of struggle. Honestly, its not the one thing that’ll overwhelm a person, but it’s usually the one thing that turns into 3, that turns into 5, that turns into Lord what do I do now, where are you?
The thing about weariness, it’s heavy. It’s literally like trying to run just as fast in the water as you do on land. It can also look like a person thrown in a pool and cant swim…fighting to get out the water until fatigue steps in and the drowning begins. This is what Moses began to feel during the battle with Amalek. At first, he’s fresh, he’s good, his arms are high and israel is winning. But holding your arms up becomes hard, you get tired, muscles begin to strain and your arms become like weights and they eventually begin to drop. Don’t you notice a difference in your warfare when weariness is making you feel too heavy, too tired, too worn to hold up your praise? To hold up your prayers? When reading just begins to be a strain? When your worship begin to drop? The enemy gains the upper hand when we give in to weariness and fatigue. You can deal with multiple things or maybe one thing for a long time and eventually weariness will set in at some point, No matter how strong a person claims to be there’s only but so much we as people can bear. so what do we do?
So, In reading this the natural question that I had was God what do we do in times of weariness? What’s the answer? I hear God tell me “do what Moses did”…and I reread it and im like well what did he do? and all I heard after was “nothing”…..What? What do you mean nothing, and then it hit me. NOTHING (Not literally nothing but hear me out). Remember the pool reference we used earlier? How a person that can’t swim gets thrown in? I’ve never seen anybody thrown in a body of water just stay completely still and drown, there’s usually a series of arms and leg swinging because the natural instinct we have is to survive. But if can’t swim swim, although you initially were swinging your arms and legs with power, that energy will fade, that vigor will fade, the water will become harder to get through and that’s when drowning happens. Now, the only way a person that can’t swim survive that situation, is if someone else jumps in and saves them, a lifeguard, whose job it is to save people from drowning. But you know that “I might drown” moment is a moment of panic, and even without meaning to, that panicking moment will cause people to fight the lifeguard that’s only trying to save them, making the saving process harder than intended. But if the person just relaxed, and allowed the lifeguard to do that they are there for, the process is quick and easy. Because even though you’re still in the water you can’t swim in, you’re 100 times safer in the water with a lifeguard than not.
We have a tendency, to panic, in those “Im gonna drown situations”. when the Anxiety hits, when the stress hits, when loneliness, or inadequacy creeps up, when the work is piling up, we’ll fight back. We’ll work a lil harder, move a lil faster, we’ll pray a lil bit but then that heaviness sets in when we do that and we’re still drowning, the answer is you don’t need to somehow fight harder, we should look and see what happened with Moses because as he was about to give up, Aaron and Hur stepped right in to supply the strength where Moses was weak. Jesus gifted us the Holy Spirit before going back up into Heaven as a helper. He’s ;literally here because Jesus know there were things we can’t do, he knew that humanity had its limits, but the Holy Spirit is limitless. So while we’re in this pool of life, not knowing how to swim, those drowning instances of weariness doesn’t have to claim us as another casualty, because the Holy Spirit is the lifeguard appointed to save us because we can’t save ourselves. But we can’t fight against him, we can’t be so busy trying to swim ourself, we neglect the help of the Holy Spirit. because as long as we are just fighting ourself, weariness will win, anxiety will win, stress will win, addiction will win, depression, anger, all of these things fighting against us will win against us, but none of those things can overtake the Holy Spirit.
Romans 8:31-38 (Read and believe this, even when hopelessness is al you feel)
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?
Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
As it is written:
“For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Well doing in your weariness depends on your willingness to allow the Holy Spirit to lift you up. You’re not going to lose in this season,