If you’re not familiar with the passage of scripture, there is an instance in the Old Testament when the nation of Israel is fighting Amalek at Rephidim and as long as Moses arms were up in the air, the nation of Israel prevailed. When Moses lowered his arms, Amalek prevailed. Aaron and Hur were up on the mountain with Moses and put a stone under Moses and each of them held one of Moses arms up to ensure the victory of Israel over Amalek.
Some of us need to be broken of our pride and admit we need some arm lifters in our life. We need to humble ourselves before God and admit we need someone to help us in our journey. Others of us need to be the arm lifters. We need to look out for and love our brothers and sisters enough to be there when they grow weary and hold their arms up in times of trial.
There are some of us, however, that far too often run to people to solve our problems instead of God. The Holy Spirit should always be our primary arm lifter. We should not run to people with our burdens before we’ve brought them before the Lord. We also shouldn’t allow people to use us as their burden bearer to replace the Holy Spirit. There is a difference between being an arm lifter and being a false savior.
We must depend on the wisdom and discernment from the Holy Spirit to minister well to those in need. Far too often we err on the side of rules and judgment instead of grace and love. Let us love in deed and truth.
17 But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? 18 Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” – 1 John 3:17–18 (ESV)