8 The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim. 9 Moses said to Joshua, "Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands."
10 So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. 11 As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. 12 When Moses' hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. 13 So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword. (Exodus 17)
I've been meditating on this passage lately. One of the implications of this passage, I think, is that if when Moses became tired, Aaron or Hur tried to take over Moses' position and hold up the staff of God, the Israelites would not have been victorious. Only through Moses, the appointed leader of the Israelites, could victory have been achieved. When Moses grew weak, those under him were called to assist him and give him strength when he faltered. Likely, they could have done a better job holding up the staff of God than Moses at that moment, yet they did not have the authority to do so. Only Moses had that power.
Likewise, many times we may feel that we can do a better job than those in authority over us, yet God has appointed those over us as leaders. If their strength flags, we are not to usurp their position, but lift their arms up. I think this passage applies to us when we work out in the world, in our churches, in our families, or in any situation where others have been given authority over us.
Take, for example, the marriage. The husband has been appointed by God as head over his household. Many times he may not run the family in the best possible way. Yet, his failure probably is better than someone else's success. If, for example, the wife tries to take over the authority of the husband, all sorts of problems may ensue. Instead, the wife is to provide strength, support, help, and correction, if need be, to the husband, always remembering that he is the one appointed by God to lead the family. Only through him will victory be achieved.
For me, though, the most relevant aspect of this Biblical teaching lies in the workplace. Though at times I may think I can run things better than my bosses, it is not I, but they who have been appointed to run the company. Instead, I am there to support them, pray for them, and lift them up when they falter rather than tear them down, criticize them, and slander them to others. I exist at work as a helper and assistant and I think I can say that I now accept my appointed place.
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