The Blessing of Supportive Friends
“As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning.” – Exodus 17:11, NIV
When Cathy’s husband left her for another woman, she was devasted. She had two little girls to raise and felt unprepared for the task. She didn’t know what to do, so she reached out to a well-known women’s leader in her community.
The women’s leader connected Cathy to a weekly women’s meeting. The women prayed for each other weekly, often sharing concerns about their work, families, and spiritual lives.
Cathy’s husband eventually returned to her, asking for a chance to repair their marriage. Although Cathy wasn’t sure if their relationship could be saved, she was willing to try for the sake of her daughters.
She shared the situation with her women’s group, and everyone prayed over her. The following two years were some of the most intense of Cathy’s life, but with God’s help, she rebuilt her marriage. She credits God and the faithful women in her prayer group as the reason her family is still together.
The Israelites were in the middle of a fierce battle. Every time Moses held up his hands, they prevailed. But if Moses lowered his arms—even for a moment—they began to lose ground. Eventually, Moses became exhausted. That’s when Aaron and Hur stepped in. Sensing Moses’ need, they sat by him and held up his arms so the battle could be won.
Walking through a crisis or trial on our own can be wearying. We all need Aarons who can grieve and weep with us, who know how to intercede and pour grace over our aching hearts.
God, please send me an Aaron. I feel alone in this battle and am a mile past exhaustion. Show me kindness by sending friends who can help me bear these burdens. In Jesus’ name, Amen.