Have you ever watched a television commercial where an outlandish activity is being performed?  You’re nearing the end of the commercial and a disclaimer pops up on the bottom of the screen: “Stunts were performed by professionals.  Do not attempt this at home.”  I am so glad they let me know that!  The next time I’m bored and decide to plan an extreme stunt or death-defying act, I’ll have to keep that in mind!

After reading the following passage this morning, I’m going to modify that disclaimer a bit…

Exodus 17:8-13
Then Amalek came and fought with Israel at Rephidim.So Moses said to Joshua, “Choose for us 

men, and go out and fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the staff of God in my hand.” 10 So Joshua did as Moses told him, and fought with Amalek, while Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. 11 Whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed, and whenever he lowered his hand, Amalek prevailed. 12 But Moses’ hands grew weary, so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it, while Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side. So his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. 13 And Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people with the sword.

The disclaimer will now read: “God has blessed us with fellowship with others!  Do not attempt this life on your own!” 

It is interesting in reading that passage to think of how different the outcome would have been if Moses had tried to go it alone.  I like the word overwhelmed that is used in verse 13.  The Israelites were able to overwhelm the Amalekites because Aaron and Hur supported Moses’ hands.  Because they worked as a team- as the family of God- they were able to overcome.

Personally, I know my natural tendency is to want to handle things on my own and to not bother others.  I can be independent, prideful and flat-out stubborn.  But, by doing so, I miss out on overwhelming victory and on the blessing of fellowship with others!

Recently, I’ve had the opportunity to run with a couple of men.  Truth be told, I jog and these men run.  It’s like they’re floating on air and I’m struggling to keep up.   This has been a new experience for me.  Whenever I’ve run before, it was always solo…just me and my MP3…and an occasional dog chasing me.  My only motivation was what I could muster from within myself.  It has been interesting to see the benefits in adding this outside accountability.  Before, I was never able to pull myself out of bed for exercise before the sun rose, but now I can.  Why?  Because I know they will be waiting for me and I don’t want to let them down.  I have to push myself to run harder than if I were running on my own.  Why?  Because they set the pace and challenge me to keep up.  It is also very interesting to realize how quickly a run can go by when you have others to converse with.  This will sound funny, even though it’s not meant to, but my favorite part of the run is when we finish and we take the opportunity to talk for a few minutes.  Also, we recently have started to spend a few moments in prayer.  This has been such a blessing to me and I hope I’ve been a blessing to them!   

In closing, as a result of some lessons the Lord has taught me, I would like you to consider the analogy between running (or jogging) and the Christian life.
·      If you want overwhelming victory, find an accountability partner!
·      God didn’t intend for us to go this alone!
·      Be honest/transparent and allow yourself to not only be rebuked or challenged, but also experience              God’s love and grace through others!
·      Give others a chance to love you through your challenges and pain!
·      There are so many people in this sin-filled world that are hurting; pray that God would show you                     someone that you can be a blessing to!
Proverbs 27:17
17 Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.
Ecclesiastes 4:12
12 And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
1 John 1:7
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
Thankful to share this life with you!
Mr. D