"... I will stand ON THE TOP of the hill with the ROD of GOD in mine hand." Exodus 17:9
Do you ever find yourself in moments of fear, struggles, discouragements, oppositions from all sides? Sometimes we find ourselves so deep in our thoughts that we forget that we have a SHEPHERD who by HIS ROD comforts us in all our trials.
I was so encouraged a couple of days ago when I read the verse in Exodus where Joshua was fighting Amalek... and there Moses raised the "rod of God" to prevail against the enemy.
I thought about the ROD, representing our God, the great I AM... our stronghold.
Isn't it wonderful to be able to raise and trust in the WORD of GOD as our ROD?
The great I AM can fight our enemies... and prevail against them.
Yes, indeed our Shepherd, the LORD JESUS CHRIST, comforts, guides and drives away all our fears... because HE protects us from all evil.
And we also know that when Moses' hands were heavy... Aaron and Hur interceded by holding them up... and Moses' hands were steady.
" But Moses' hands were heavy:
and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon;
and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands,
the one on one side, and the other on the other side,
and his hands were steady
until the going down of the sun."
How wonderful to know that we too can ease the "heaviness" and intercede for those around us who are heavy in spirit and fighting battles of their own.
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.
He will not suffer thy foot to be moved:
He that keepeth thee will not slumber.
Behold, He that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD is thy keeper:
the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.
The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil:
He shall preserve thy soul.
The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in
from this time forth, and even for evermore.
Heavenly Father, Thank you for being the great I AM in our lives, Thank you for preserving our souls from all evil. We trust in your power and faithfulness to accomplish your purpose and will in our lives for your glory. Help us to raise the rod of your Word continually as we face the many battles that come our way.
May you be encouraged today to lift up God's name and His promises... for yourself and others.