(Just finished writing this post, and my heart is overwhelmed. I felt God in the writing, and this was something I had asked Him to be involved in. Praise God!
Thank you, God, for being swift to answer! Please be with the reader. Amen.)
This week has been my birthday week.
As my birthday drew closer to the day, I was reminded of what past birthdays, years, and things I wanted to take from those years.
Can I just say, “Man, it’s been a journey.”
When I turned 13, I know I talked about this a lot, that was when my life became more about God and less about me. I didn’t want to just know Him, I wanted Him to know me. I wanted to share my life, my everything, with Him. One tradition I started was the night, right before the midnight of my birthday, I give the new year to Him.
This year was no different, and God has been filling my heart, especially the night right before my birthday. He spoke to my heart with a lesson He recently taught me. It’s this same lesson He’s inspired me to share with all of you.
To give Him my hands more often and to be quicker to realize the battle is above me.
Which leads me to today’s topic 🙂
(Exodus 17:08-16) There’s a particular scene in which Moses and the children of Israel are fighting a battle. This battle isn’t the average battle you would see on t.v. or movies. No. Israel won the battle when Moses, their leader, lifted his hands to the heavens.
But when his hands dropped to their sides it was then Israel began to lose.
This story speaks to me deeply and symbolically.
I see myself in Moses’ shoes.
I’m not fighting physically. I’m watching the battle clash right in front of me. Darkness trying to overcome the light that has been set to fight for me. Yet, as I stand and watch the battle, I feel like I am helpless in my stature. My hands drop to my sides because I want to find an answer to finish this battle swiftly.
As soon as I start to run right towards the battle, all eyes focus on me, my vulnerabilities, my weaknesses…and they are prepared to pounce.
I was overcome the minute my hands fell to my sides, but I still trusted my will, my power, my knowledge of the situation. In doing so, I forgot about the major key to battle.
Strategy and patience.
Friends, as believers, we have so much more power than what we realize. But when we think we have everything in our hands…that’s when we will fall.
Moses had two other men with him, and as soon as they realized what happened, they set a rock under Moses so he could sit. Then each one stood beside him, one to his right, and one to his left. They lifted his hands for him. The battle continued, but this time, Israel was winning. Moses kept his hands up till the battle was won.
This reflects on the importance of having believer friends and family. To have someone willing to stand with you through the trial. BUT, I want to remind you of Someone and a greater strength He brings to us.
Even if the battle is solely ours, out of shame or forsakenness, Jesus Christ holds our right hand, and the Holy Spirit holds our left hand. The Shepherd sets His sheep by calm waters. Through whatever storm or battle we are thrown into, in the midst, God is our Rock!
There is a deep symbolism I spoke of earlier and it’s this. When our hands are by our sides we show that we believe we have the control and power, no matter how false it is.
But beloved, when our hands are lifted?
They show desperation. They admit weakness. We turn over what we once believed was ours. We push the focus to God. We release pride and shame.
Our baggage is lifted to Him, and we face our complete emptiness.
Yet… what once was empty, our hands hold greater strength than before.
UNDERSTAND AND BELIEVE CHILD OF GOD! What we give to God in emptiness, He fills with His promise!
Downward hands hold onto lies and cling to power we do not have. We remained chained down.
Upward hands release praise and glory to Him. He breaks our chains.
We are nothing without Him, sure.
But we are everything with Him!
(NIV) Psalm 107:28-29, “Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.”
Glory be to God!
What do your hands represent?