Tucked neatly into five verses in the 17th chapter of Exodus is found a powerful portrayal of a battle-weary, yet faithful Moses. While this passage may have little screen time in God’s narrative, it packs a big message. Let’s unpack it together this week …
Little is Big
Then 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 one on the other. Thus his hands were steady until the sun set.
Exodus 17:12, NASB
It’s the wash-rinse-repeat cycle of the day-to-day that can leave me feeling a little less than encouraged. In the mundaneness of daily life, I can completely overlook what God is doing around me and fail to notice the opportunity to do the good that He has placed right in front of me.
Of the three men that were stationed on the hilltop, he is definitely the lesser known. In fact, little is known about Hur, the man who partnered with Aaron as they stood beside Moses, keeping his hands raised to heaven as he fervently prayed for the Israelites. I for one, had read this story countless times failing to notice the significance of his actions in this fascinating story.
Hur is a supporting character in this story. He wasn’t a valiant warrior in the battle, putting his life on the line for his country. Nor was he the one entrusted with the staff of God, whose prayers on behalf of the Israelites would win the battle for God’s people.
From the little that we know about him, he was none of those. He was just a regular guy. Much like you and me. However, on that day, there was a job needing done that had been ordained by God, and Hur was ready and willing to do it. When Moses’ arms became exhausted and weary from the battle, he was there.
If there were a hero to be named in this story, Hur wouldn’t get that honor. However, on that day his seemingly “little” actions: rolling up a stone for Moses and holding his arms up in prayer, profoundly impacted a nation for the glory of God.
What is your job today? Are you teaching a room full of children? Caring for an aging parent? Sitting in a classroom?
No matter where you are or what you are doing, the Lord has a job for you. Nothing done in the name of the Lord is insignificant to God.
Dear Lord, we pray that You would open our spiritual eyes to the needs of those around us and that our eyes would be opened to the tasks that You have placed before us. Help us not to miss out on what You’re doing around us. Amen.
Amazed by His grace,