Depending on God’s Strength
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 17:10-13
There’s a popular statement that many Christians use to comfort one another when times are tough. They say “God will never give you more than you can handle.” While I can appreciate the heart behind the statement, I believe it to be blatantly untrue. God does give us more than we can handle… that’s the point! God puts obstacles in our way that we couldn’t possibly overcome on our own so that we will trust Him to bring us through.
Joshua was a warrior. When it came to battle, there was none like him, but no matter how well-equipped he was with the latest armor and fighting abilities, there was one major flaw that he had… he was just a man. As he prepared to fight the Amelikites, I’m sure he looked out and realized he was outnumbered and no matter how hard he fought, he would eventually succumb to the enemy.
That’s where God came in! With God’s power, Joshua was able to overcome the Amalekite army and claim victory for Israel.
In my life, there have been many times when the enemy had me outnumbered. I was cornered and I didn’t think I was going to make it. I’ve been through marriage problems, addiction struggles and much more. Each one of these situations would have done me in had it not been for God. In every major struggle that I’ve faced in my life, I remember a specific time when I just realized that there’s no way I can do this on my own. At that point, I decided to give it over to the Lord and let Him fight the battle.
The cool thing about this story and a lot of the victories won in the Bible is that after the battle, God told them to build an altar to commemorate the victory.
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write this on a scroll as something to be remembered and make sure that Joshua hears it, because I will completely blot out the name of Amalek from under heaven.” Moses built an altar and called it The Lord is my Banner. He said, “Because hands were lifted up against the throne of the Lord, the Lord will be at war against the Amalekites from generation to generation.” – Exodus 17:14-16
God doesn’t just want us to lean on Him for the battles in our lives. He wants us to remember the victories and revisit them regularly so we can be reminded of when God fought the battle for us.
I speak from experience when I say that it’s not always easy to lean on God during our toughest times. Sometimes we want to fight on our own strength instead of using faith, but God used Joshua to show us that when you’re surrounded by the enemy, you’re surrounded by God.
If you’re facing something in your life that you can’t overcome on your own, I encourage you to get on your knees and give that thing to God. Not only will he give you strength you didn’t know you had, but he’ll put others in your life to raise their hands on your behalf. No matter how you feel, you’re never in this alone.