“Moses built an altar and called its name, The-Lord-Is-My-Banner.”
— Exodus 17:15
Did God want Amalek defeated? Certainly.
God linked His actions directly to Moses. Every time the leader became weak and lowered his arms, the Amalekites began winning. Suddenly, Aaron and Hur held up Moses’ arms and the tide of the battle turned. That’s how God’s will was performed.
The great Bible teacher Matthew Henry explained:
See how God qualifies his people for and calls them to, various services for the good of his church: Joshua fights, Moses prays, and both minister to Israel. Moses went up to the top of the hill, and placed himself, probably, so as to be seen by Israel; there he held up the rod of God in his hand, that wonder-working rod which had summoned the plagues of Egypt, and under which Israel had passed out of the house of bondage. This rod Moses held up to Israel, to animate them; the rod was held up as the banner to encourage the soldiers.
To hold up the banner, Moses needed the agreement of his trusted aides, and God’s will was accomplished.
So it must be with us today, regardless of our work. The power of agreement helps to turn the tide.
A Prayer for Today
Lord, even when I can’t see all You are doing, help me to trust in You. I believe You are doing a deep work in me. I humbly bow before You, asking for Your tender mercies and love. Thank You for Your promises of forgiveness and restoration. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins and shortcomings. And I thank You for the power of agreement in my life. Grant that I may increasingly live pleasing in Your sight as I give all glory to You for what You are accomplishing in me and my fellow believers. In Jesus’ name, amen.
*All Scripture references are KJV unless otherwise noted.