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.” So Joshua did as Moses told him, and fought with Amalek, while Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. Whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed, and whenever he lowered his hand, Amalek prevailed. 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. And Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people with the sword.
Exodus 17:8-13 ESV
In one of my previous blogs (Post Salvation, Out In The Wilderness), I learned how God did not want the sons of Israel be caught up in war so He led them thru the wilderness. But this time, God exposed them into battle with Amalekites. I think this incident was used to reveal the heart of the Israelites. God can just lay His hands to Amalek, fight for His people and have them watch as they did when He inflicted His great judgment to the Egyptians, instead He asked Moses to choose men for war and for Moses to hold his staff high. I believe God used it to show how His people will unite and care for each other, preparing them to greater battles ahead.
At times, we feel God is trying to shield us from those that will distract us from Him. But sometimes, He allows distractions and challenges come our way for us to see what we can overcome thru Jesus. This gives us confidence and develops our faith in Him even more, more faith means more victories ahead. More so, this tells me to aspire unity with people who share my same love for the Lord and to care for them for we are family bonded by the sacred blood of Christ.
Soli Deo Gloria!