Right off the bat, some of you are thinking that this guy can’t spell. In a lot of cases you would be right. I love spell check and need it most of the time. The “Hur” I want to share about is not the “her” you may be thinking about.
In the Old Testament there is a great story about a little known guy named Hur. For some of you that are old enough to remember, it kind of reminds me of the old song by Johnny Cash, “A Boy Named Sue”. I am sure that Hur was the center of some joking about his name but he played a vital role in the story I want to share. In this story we will see that all of us need Hur at times. The story is found in Exodus 17. The Israelites are in a battle with the Amalekites. They were on their way to the to the Promised Land and were encountering battles along the way. This battle had a different dynamic. Joshua was leading the fighting forces and Moses was on the hill with the Staff of God lifted high. As long as Moses held the staff high, Joshua and the forces prevailed but when his arms would get tired and he would drop them to rest the Amalekites would begin to make their advance. Imagine what the troops must have had running through their minds. One minute they were, in South Georgia terms, “whooping” the Amalekites and then all of a sudden they were being backed up. After a while, some may have noticed the pattern and spotted Moses’ arms going up and down. “Hey, Moses, let’s keep those arms up buddy…this is getting old!” Have you ever had to keep your arms above your head for any length of time? It’s not easy! I remember my first experience hanging sheet rock on a ceiling. I thought my arms were going to fall off…that’s a rough job. This is where we see Hur enter the scene. In verse 12 of Exodus 17 we read, “But Moses’ hands grew weary, so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it, while Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side. So his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.” Moses needed some help. He had his brother, Aaron, but Aaron could only hold up one arm. Hur was there and grab the other arm and at the end of the day the Israelites were victorious.
What are you struggling with in life? What are some of the things that are simply wearing you out? We all have thing that we think we can handle on our own but at the end of the day we realize that we just can’t “hold our arms up” any longer. In our lives, as Christians, we do not have to go through struggles alone. We have a Faith Family that will rally around us and “hold our arm up”. Paul tells us in Philippians 2:4 that “we should not look only to our interests, but to the interests of other.” And in Galatians 6:2 we are instructed to “bear one another’s burdens and so fulfil the law of Christ.”
Whatever you are going through, there is someone ready to “hold up your arms”. Someone who is ready to help you gain victory in whatever battle you are facing. There is a saying that I use when it comes to ministering to someone in need, “if I don’t know I can’t go”. People cannot read your mind and do not always see your struggles. We have to realize we need help to fight some battles. Reach out to your Faith Family. Don’t struggle alone. We all need a Hur to help us sometimes.