BEST DECISION EVER: TAGGING ALONG

INTRODUCTION

In the course of a twenty-four hour period we make gobs of decisions. Some of these we make with a serious amount of forethought and prayer. Others we make spontaneously with little or no thought as to the consequences or impact our decisions will have—not only for ourselves, but for the many others whose lives are intertwined with ours.

Have you ever thought much about how a single decision can change your life forever? For better or worse?

In these blog posts I’d like to look at the one good decision that some people in the Bible made that changed the course of their life for the better. By looking at ourselves in the mirror of God’s Word I hope we’ll all take comfort, courage, and hope in the fact that, despite the mess we’re presently faced with, we can still turn things around. A lousy past or dismal present doesn’t have to give us the same future. By God’s grace, our future and life can be changed for the better…if we only make the right decision today. May God help us do that on a daily basis!

TAGGING ALONG

The Israelites were not too long ago delivered from a lifetime of bondage in Egypt. They were now in the desert, making their way towards Mount Sinai where they were to rendezvous with God. After Sinai they would resume their journey to their ultimate destination, the Promised Land called Canaan.

Anyways, I’m really getting ahead of myself. The Israelites were probably two or three million strong. Their caravan had to have been really humongous. And their campsites had to have struck awe and wonder at the sheer number of people involved. If I was an enemy bystander I’d think twice before attacking this huge number of people!

Anyways, the Amalekites weren’t similarly inclined. They found the Israelites encamped at a place called Rephidim and figured they were easy pickings. So they attacked the Israelites and, of course, the Israelites had to respond and defend themselves. So Moses told Joshua, his lead General, what to do.

Exodus 17:9-13,  And Moses said to Joshua, “Choose us some men and go out, fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in my hand.”  (10)  So Joshua did as Moses said to him, and fought with Amalek. And Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill.  (11)  And so it was, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.  (12)  But Moses’ hands became heavy; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.  (13)  So Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.

In a very real way, Israel won the war because of Moses’ uplifted hands. Thank the Lord for Aaron and Hur who held up his hands and enabled the Israelite victory!

How different the war would have ended if Moses hadn’t brought Aaron and Hur along! If they hadn’t held up Moses’s hands, Israel would have lost the war. Moses couldn’t hold up his hands all day by himself! He needed help. And that’s where Aaron and Hur came in. So a large part of the credit for the battle’s victory went to Aaron and Hur.

Did Moses know in advance how long the battle would last? Did he have any idea that it’d last the whole day? Did he know that it wasn’t going to be enough to hold the rod of God in his hand? That he’d have to hold the rod up until the battle’s end to accomplish the battle’s victory? Did he know he was going to need Aaron’s and Hur’s help to hold up his hands? I don’t know. But Moses’ decision to bring these two guys along was, to that point in time, his best decision ever. Israel would have been decimated and vanquished had it not been for Aaron and Hur!

Sometimes we make decisions that, at the moment, seem rather inconsequential. Moses could have gone up the hill by himself and left Aaron and Hur in the camp to take care of things for him. But, rather wisely and with foresight, he decided to let Aaron and Hur tag along. And, in hindsight, we learn that the decision we made as a matter of no consequence turned out to be a momentous, life-changing decision.

Brethren, don’t ever underestimate the importance of any decision you make! The little stuff can end up being a really really big deal!

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