Tonight the devotional I (Jill) did with our daughter was one of my favorite stories. It is in Exodus when the Israelites, lead by Joshua, are fighting the Amalekites. The quick summary is that Moses stands holding the “staff of God” above his head as the battle rages on. When Moses’ arms stay raised, Joshua was successful during the battle. When Moses lowered his arms the Amalekites started winning the battle.
Now, the cool part about this story is that Moses’ arms, as can be expected, get super tired as the battle goes on. So his friends come and hold up his arms for him.
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.- Exodus 17:12
What does this possibly have to do marriage? Does it mean when we fight in marriage we should keep our hands in the air? You could try it. I would love to hear how it goes.
There are probably many applications for marriage in this story, but here is what struck me tonight. Marriage is an awesome relationship between two people. But when things get tough sometimes it just seems easiest to bail. And sometimes it isn’t even an issue of fighting with your spouse, but taking on all that the world is throwing our way.
What if when we wanted to bail we had people in our lives who came and “held our arms up” and encouraged us not to give up? I am not suggesting we let people get in the middle of our marriage problems, but simply suggesting that we surround ourselves with people who are pro-marriage and are invested in seeing your marriage succeed.