You Have The Advantage
Posted: Saturday, February 3
Verse of the day:
As long as Moses held up the staff in his hand, the Israelites had the advantage. But whenever he dropped his hand, the Amalekites gained the advantage. (Exodus 17:11, NLT)
In Exodus 17, we find a group of ex-slaves who were fighting, as a nation, for the very first time. Their sole focus was to win that fight. It was their responsibility; they needed to win if they wanted to enter the Promised Land. Yet, in the battlefield, all they could see was turmoil, pain, and hopelessness. Were they fighting alone? Were they doomed to fail?
As the army was fighting, Moses was on top of a hill, holding on to a wooden staff with stretched arms. He was trying to get the attention of the makeshift Israelite army. He wanted them to look up and be reminded that God had a plan and that nothing was going to thwart it. Thus, every time the Israelite army lifted its head and saw the person on top of the hill, they had the advantage in the fight.
Like the Israelite army, we struggle with turmoil, pain, and hopelessness as we face our personal battlefields. We also tend to forget that God has a plan and that nothing will thwart it. We need someone to get our attention and to remind us of the truth.
We need Jesus.
Jesus went up Calvary hill and stretched his arms, not to hold on to a wooden staff, but to hold on to a wooden cross. He died on a cross and three days later rose again, not to remind us, but to assure us that God has a plan, and nothing can thwart it.
Regardless of what you are going through, lift your head, see the One on top of Calvary hill, and fight. You have the advantage.