Last week we talked about how there are times when God will give us more than what we can handle and that God wants us to rely on Him and not try and handle things in our own strength.
I also believe that as the body of Christ we are called to be there for one another. If a friend is struggling or going through challenges, we should be there for them. Come alongside them. Let’s first look at a few scriptures.
2 Corinthians 1:4 He comfort us in in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.
Galatians 6:2 Share each other’ burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.
Romans 12:15 Rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person fails, the other can reach out and help, but someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated but two can stand back to back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.
Take Moses for example. In Exodus 17 we read how the Isrealites were at war with the Amalkites.
Moses , his brother Aaron and a guy named Hur climbed to the top of a hill. As long as Moses held up the staff in his hand, the Isrealites gained the advantage. But Moses arms soon became so tired that he could no longer hold them up.
For a moment or two try holding your arms up above your head see how long you can go before your arms become weary and you can no longer hold your arms straight above your head. Not very long, I am sure, let alone keeping them raised for hours.
Aaron and Hur realized he was becoming weary and found a stone for him to sit on. They stood on each side of Moses, holding up his hands. So his hands held steadily til sunset. (the remainder of the day) As result, Joshua overwhelmed the army of Amalek in battle.
As long as Moses arms were raised, Isreal was winning, but as soon as he lowered them Amalek gained ground.
Moses did not have to do things on his own. His friends came a long side him, holding up his arms when he was weary, all while the battle raged on. Had his friends not been there helping him, the Isrealites would have been defeated.
Is there anyone you know who is struggling at the moment, or going through a difficult time? I am sure if you think about it, the Lord will bring someone to your mind who is struggling and needing encouragement today. Is there a way that you can come alongside them, be like Aaron and Hur to them…holding their arms when they are tired and weary? Maybe it’s not so much advice they need but a listening ear or someone just to care about what they are going through, a hug, a shoulder to cry on or someone to pray with them…
I Thessalonians 5: 11 So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.