Exodus 17:12

But Moses’ hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.

My favorite team format is the two person scramble. It’s too easy to get disinterested in a four person scramble and try to do things you wouldn’t ordinarily do because there are three other guys. Plus, if someone has already hit a massive straight drive or an approach within three feet, all my concentration is gone. In the two person format, there is pressure to perform, but also a safety net when you miss that three foot putt. You do not want to disappoint your partner. The pressure is even more intense when the format is alternative shot when the team “alternates” hitting shots until the ball is holed. You can really put your partner is some very difficult situations. You have the pressure not to put him/her behind a tree and you don’t want to run a putt too far past the hole, but want to be aggressive enough giving your partner an opportunity to succeed. In the scripture above, Israel was dominating the battle as long as Moses was able to keep his hands lifted as he was commanded by God. When Moses’ arms became weak, Amalek would prevail against Israel. The scripture tells a stone was placed under Moses allowing him to sit when he became tired. Most importantly, Aaron stood on one side of Moses and Hur positioned himself on the other to help Moses keep his hands lifted until dark. We are to be an Aaron or a Hur for the people who are struggling to keep their hands lifted around us. Instead of allowing their enemy to prevail, give them a cushion upon which to rest and prop them up until they can regain full strength. It doesn’t have to be anything monetary. It could be as simple as a kind word of encouragement or sending a card showing the person you care. We should be that “safety net” to those brothers and sisters in Christ within our own local church. Instead of demeaning their efforts or lack thereof, give them encouragement to succeed. My prayer is to recognize those struggling and be an aid to those who are in need by propping them up on their “leaning side.”

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