“After some time, Moses’ arms became tired. So they put a large rock under Moses for him to sit on. Then Aaron and Hur held Moses’ hands in the air. Aaron was on one side of Moses and Hur was on the other side. They held his hands up like this until the sun went down.” Exodus 17:12 ERV
It’s been said … “When the going gets tough, the tough gets going.” But, it’s also a fact that every person needs a support system for when the going gets tough. Here in the scripture above, we see Moses had his support system in place when God chose him to be the leader. Moses knew that there was no way he could lead without surrounding himself with the right people who will love, inspire, and encourage him.
The Bible said, that Moses’ arms became tired- so what did his companions/friends/supporters do? They first placed a large rock under him to sit down…Notice, they didn’t abandon him, or stand on the sideline to observe his leadership skills under pressure. Many times when you are called to lead – others look on from afar to criticize, laugh with scorn, ridicule, or judge you. But, here we see the strength of a dynamic support system at its finest. They rolled a large rock with the sole purpose of putting Moses to sit on it. Then they held up his hands, one on the right and one on the left. The Bible said, “They held his hands up like this until the sun went down.”
We live in a very selfish world where finding a network of friends/supporters is like looking for a needle in a haystack. Finding a support system with people who would support you in a practical or emotional way – is almost practically non-existent. Everyone is fighting and competing with each other, no one stops to support or help another person win. So really at the end of the day – it’s key to carefully and wisely choose your circle of supporters in quality rather than quantity.
Rule #1: Choose your company of supporters/friends wisely. It’s better to have four genuine friends who support and love you – than have one hundred acquaintances. Be close friends to those who bring out the best in you. Those people who cheer you on when you feel like giving up. Those who shout your name on the mountain top and are not intimidated by your wins. Those who lift your hands up until the sun sets. Those folks who roll a large rock under you to sit on when you get weary.
Here are some questions to ponder on to determine who’s on your team of supporters:
- Who can you call if you are exhausted from the battlefield?
- Who can you talk to for a word of encouragement?
- Who rolls a large rock to have you sit on?
- Who holds your hands up when you feel like quitting?
- Who stays with you until the end?
- Who is happy for you and shows it?
- Who is not intimidated with your success?
- Who will inspire you to go on if you fail at something?
There’s a friend whose name is Jesus who sticks closer than a brother. You can call His Name and He will always answer your call. What a privilege to carry EVERYTHING to God in prayer.
Why is it easier to trust in a human than God? Because Satan wants you to be frustrated and give up. No human has the capacity to really care about us like our Creator. He knows all about us – and He cares.
I LOVE JESUS – He’s my #1 choice on my support team …and that settles it for me 🙌🏾