In Exodus 17, the Bible records a battle. The Israelites were camped in the valley of Reph'idim, and Am'alek fought with Israel.
Ex 17:9 And Moses said unto Joshua, Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek: to morrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in mine hand.
Ex 17:10 So Joshua did as Moses had said to him, and fought with Amalek: and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill.
Ex 17:11 And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.
Ex 17:12 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 the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.
The end of this story holds Israel in the winning position, all because of the help of those two men, Aaron and Hur. When Moses dropped his hands, Amalek began winning, when his arms were raised, Israel won. Had it not been that Aaron and Hur stood their beside their leader, strengthened him, and encouraged him, that story may have turned out a little differently.
In so many churches across our nation, there are battles being fought. Whether they be emotional, physical, or spiritual, every church seems to have them. The devil has an in-road to almost every church, and it could be through anything. Little things, big things, it really doesn't matter. Wherever he can find an opening, he climbs in.
There is a great need today for more Aarons and Hurs to step forward. To stand beside their pastors, their leaders, and to hold them up. To lift them up in prayer, to encourage them to keep on serving the Lord. We need more people who are willing to lay aside their own differences and say, "You know what? I may not agree with every little thing he says, but this man is God's man, and he is my pastor. I'm going to put aside my differences and trust God to work on my heart and sort everything out."
People of God, brothers and sisters in the Lord, stand by your pastors!! Love them, pray for them, honor them, but most of all, encourage them! Too many good men of God have gotten discouraged and quit the ministry...a tragedy that could have been prevented had God's people just lifted him up! Good men of God are becoming even more scarce as the end times draw near. Ask yourselves, can you really afford to let your pastor down??
This is dedicated to all the pastors I personally know, my pastor, Charles Harvey, Jr., Bro, Doug Sehorne, Bro. Johnny Jones, Bro. Richard Ulery, Bro. Tony Jones, Bro. Joey Curado, Bro. Jason Williams, Bro. Jay Geisler, Jr., Bro. Andy Wells, Bro. Doug Thompson, and Bro. Bruce Crump. You are all in my prayers.