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Aaron and Hur held his hands up - one on one side, one on the other - so that his hands remained steady until sunset.

Exodus 17:12

Friend to Friend

After the Lord had delivered the Israelites from slavery in Egypt they spent 40 years in the desert. During that time God provided for them both miraculously and practically. One practical way God moved was through His people. Much like today.

Moses was God’s chosen leader, but many others were used as well. We see this demonstrated in Exodus 17 when a savage, nomadic tribe called the Amalekites attacked the Israelites. The Amalekites lived in in the desert region near the Dead Sea and were quick to destroy anyone who got in their space. I imagine that when they went into battle with the Israelites they had no idea that if they messed with Moses and his traveling companions they were messing with the all-powerful, unstoppable army of the Lord!

Here’s the way it went down…

The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim. Moses said to Joshua, “Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands.”

            So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword. (Exodus 17:8-13)

This enemy was defeated because a group of like-minded believers stuck together and took action. Most of these Israelites weren’t warriors – they were just like you and me. People of trade, fresh from captivity and hopeful for a bright future. Normals, not heroes. They didn’t win this battle because of their amazing war skills. They won this battle because they did what God told them to do. They had access to God, they looked to Him for help, and they worked together on behalf of His people.

You and I have access to God and can ask Him for help. We can partner with believers to win battles and achieve great things too.

When the enemy attacks me I need reliable friends who have my back and are willing to do battle on my behalf, like Moses had. I’m thankful to have a handful of girlfriends and a prayer team that hits their knees when I write and travel. I’ve witnessed their prayers move the hand of God.

Likewise, when my friends or church leaders are in the thick of it, they need others (including me) to join them in the spiritual battles. As an elder’s wife, I’ve felt the strain that church leaders feel constantly and cannot overstate the importance of lifting up our pastors and women’s ministry leaders in prayer.

We get attacked on all fronts: emotionally, relationally, socially, and financially.

Lies assault us, toxic conversations break us down, temptations vie for our honor… the list is endless. It’s important to recognize that every attack we face has a spiritual component. And when these attacks come our way (daily) it’s essential that we surround ourselves, and our friends, with prayer.

Taking a cue from Moses, I see an opportunity. Why don’t you and I choose a few friends to do prayer-battle with today? Let’s move forward with our eyes wide open to the invisible attacks coming our way and partner up with one or a few who will join us in pulling up a rock, holding each others’ hands up, and bending knees low.

Let’s Pray

Dear Lord,
Thank You for giving me access to unending grace and strength through Your Son, Jesus Christ. You are my Refuge, my Help, and my Hope. I am so grateful that when my days are filled with battles that You are right beside me – and that You have given me friends to join me on the front lines. Please open my eyes to see the needs around me and to step up as a friend.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

READ Galatians 6:2, “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” What is one practical thing you can do to make this happen today? Tell me your answer as a comment on my blog.

Today’s devotion reminds me of a sweet song from the movie Toy Story, “You’ve Got a Friend in Me.” I’ve posted it on my blog. Click here to swing on over and hear the tune! {This is the cutest version ever!}

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5 Responses to “Do You Have Friends Like These?”

  1. Sheryl says:

    Hello there! I have been receiving your emails for quite a while now, and it has been a blessing to me. At the right time, the right message pops up.
    Thank you for encouraging so many people like me.
    I wasn’t sure if this is a place to ask questions but here goes. I was wondering you have your daily devotions in other languages as well?

    • GiGs says:

      We really do love doing life with you and are blessed to know that God is using the GiG devotions to stir your heart toward His. At this point in time our GiG devotions are only published in English. Blessings!

  2. Denise says:

    It seems as though pastors have come and gone, and the tight-knit group of friends that used to be there, got split up. Additionally, we all have our own families and issues that we are dealing with
    (that defiant child, the divorce, the remarriage, the birth of a newborn, the death of a loved one, the friend that fell away from the faith, the monotony of every day life). Life can be lonely and isolated. I’m trying really hard to fight through that right now, and locate GOOD, CHRISTIAN, friends again. It’s a struggle!

  3. It is bad that you ever have to people to hold you up. But it’s good if you have some who will, there’s always the Lord, I know he holds me up.

  4. cara says:

    What happens when you dont have people like this in your life? Many of us, including myself, have struggled with making long lasting friendships. People you know you can go to about anything. Its hard when you dont have people like that in your life. Especially when you are single.

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