Then the LORD said to Moses, “Write this on a scroll as something to be remembered and make sure that Joshua hears it…” Exodus 17:14
If my memory serves me correctly (and sometimes I wish it didn’t…) when I was adolescent… I may have been able to go out with friends on weekend nights… and then I may have found it more difficult to get up in the mornings. Anyone relate?! Anyone?! What I do remember clear as if it were yesterday… my parents having no sympathy for my late night excursions and cheerfully (loudly) singing “This is the day, this is the day that the Lord has made, that the Lord has made, I will rejoice, I will rejoice and be glad in it, and be glad in it…” up and down the hallway to my bedroom!! Do you know that song?! Then they would enter my darkened lair and exclaim bright and early Sunday morning, WHAT?! You are not up yet?! What?! You are too tired to give back one hour of your time to the One whom you have kept busy watching over YOU the last 167 hours this week?!?! To which I could not argue. Now I could not be more grateful for my parents and the way they never deviated from keeping Jesus the central main thing in our family no matter what the situation or circumstance.
My parents words …GIVE BACK on Sunday to the One who has kept me breathing all week… still echo in my mind. Not that I could ever repay God! But, I think the more He reveals to me who He is, the more I realize who I am (or who I’m not) and my purpose for breathing. Jesus is not more available to me on Sunday than He is during the week. So what am I doing to allow the great I Am to fill me in every moment within my 167 other hours outside of church? If I am consistently filling up with more of Him in ALL my moments through out my week I might look at Sunday church as more of an opportunity to pour out rather than to fill up. Anyways God has a funny way of filling up even as you pour out doesn’t He! The more you pour the more He fills! He never runs out of what you need when you realize all you need is more of Him!
I’m reminded of when the Amalekites came and attacked the Isralites at Rephidim in Exodus 17:8-16. You know the battle in which Joshua led the army to victory… however all the while Moses was up on a hillside with the staff OF GOD raised above his head. When the staff of God was raised the Isralites were wining but when the staff lowered the enemy started taking the victory. So Moses had two friends come to his aid (Aaron and Hur) and help hold his arms up with the staff of God as he grew tired so that in the end (verse 13) Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword. After the battle God tells Moses to MAKE SURE Joshua who had been in the battle KNEW Who it was that truly won that battle for them. Interesting that verse 13 says he overcame with the sword. The New Testament refers to the sword as the sword of the Spirit, of which we are to take up when entering our own battles (Eph. 6:17). Are we MAKING SURE we know Who is with us in our battles? Are we available like Aaron and Hur to come up along side others in theirs?
The Lord is a mighty warrior and His wrath is very real. Read Leviticus 26:14-39. Some scary stuff for going our own way and not reverencing Who He is! However Isaiah 66:1-2 states, This is what the LORD says: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. Where is the house you will build for me? Where will my resting place be? Has not by hand made all these things, so they came into being?” declares the LORD. “This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word. When was the last time we trembled at His Word? Isaiah 45:18, 24 He created the heavens and the earth, knows all, righteous Savior, no other God but Him! Psalm 89:6-8 faithful, mighty, most awesome, un-compared! Deut. 3:24 great, strong hands, mighty works! Exodus 15:11 majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders! 1 Kings 8:23 O LORD, God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven above or on earth below – you who keep your covenant of love with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way.
Do you know my God Jesus?! He wants you to! He died to cover you and I with His blood, His sacrifice in place of you and I! He took the wrath upon Himself for our sake! We are free in Him if we would only believe on Him as our personal Lord and Savior. Will we choose to bow our knee, to surrender our will in holy reverence of the One who gave it all for us… to the only One in Whom true abundant life, eternal life can be found?! Matthew 7:7-8 states Ask, Seek and Knock and those that truly want to know Him will!!! He will not hide. Do you see that even the first letters of Ask, Seek and Knock when put together form the word ASK!! Jesus longs for you to ask Him into your heart… with all our imperfections and doubts He still says come! His banner over you is love (Song of Solomon 2:4)!! After the battle that day in Rephidim Moses built an alter and called it The Lord is my Banner (Ex. 17:15).
Are we living our 167 hours this week like He is our Banner? So that when hour number 168 comes around on Sunday we are not looking to be filled up but to pour out on the body of Christ? To pour out our worship in reverent fear of the One keeping us breathing!! What a privilege, what an honor to have a place in His army to serve Him! Like a marriage, we can’t come in with a mindset of 50/50 because all married people know there are days when your 50 isn’t happening so if both parties haven’t committed to 100/100 there will be times with gaps the enemy will not hesitate to seize. Same goes with the body of Christ. He offers Himself without measure (John 3:34) to us all but how much of Him are we filling up with throughout our week? When we have nothing left in our hands do we lift them up like Moses so between our nothingness He can place His banner of love? Are we walking with the great I AM in all our moments in every hour allowing His perspective to take root within us, to be filled with His energy, His fruit as we ABIDE in Him? There will always be people, and sometimes ourselves that need an Aaron or a Hur to come alongside and encourage one another, to steady their banner. That’s a beautiful thing about the body of Christ. But as one pulled from the pit too many times its worth remembering that it’s the one who trembles at His Word that finds the strength to stand firm.
Independent Read: James 1:5, Deuteronomy 33:3, Romans 14:11, Rev. 19:11-16, John 3:16