The movie “Unbroken” tells the story of Louis Zamperini who survived overwhelming challenges. In World War 2, he was stranded at sea for 47 days, then captured and tortured by the Japanese army. In a pivotal scene, he was forced to hold a long beam above his head. If he dropped the beam, a Japanese soldier would hit him. Amazingly, Zamperini held on defiantly as he held the beam up for 37 minutes! The Japanese soldier was so angry he hit Zamperini to the ground. I’m sure at that moment, he wished someone had helped him out. Someone to give arm support. He would held The beam much longer.
There’s a fascinating account of providing arm support in the Old Testament. Check it out:
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. Moses’ arms soon became so tired he could no longer hold them up. So Aaron and Hur found a stone for him to sit on. Then they stood on each side of Moses, holding up his hands. So his hands held steady until sunset. As a result, Joshua overwhelmed the army of Amalek in battle.
This was the first battle that Israel engaged in since leaving Egypt. Moses had very specific instructions to hold the staff of God up, probably like Zamperini holding the beam above his head. As long as Moses’ staff was up, Israel was winning the battle. When his arms grew tired and fell, Amalek was winning. Many Israelite lives were on the line. If Moses ever needed strong endurance, this was the moment! Thankfully, God knew what he needed. Aaron and Hur stood by Moses throughout the whole battle to support his arms when the lactic acid was frying his muscles. Eventually, Israel won.
Do you need arm support like Moses? It won’t be as literal as Zamperini or Moses unless your job is to stack boxes. Do you feel tired serving God? Do you feel like giving up but can’t because of what’s at stake? Do you wish you had friends like Aaron and Hur to come alongside to support your work?
As an aside, I was tickled by an article of Singaporean ministers giving “eye power” as others worked. Eye power is Singlish for just looking on and hoping the work is done faster! You can read more here.
Pray for God to bring Aaron and Hur into your situation to give you arm support. God has brought people into my life to help me through tough times. One of my key arm supporters is my family. Maybe it’s the other way round. There’s people who are struggling and you feel the need to lend arm support. To bless them with no strings attached. Be an Aaron. Be a Hur. Give arm support because we are all in the same fight. We win the battle together by supporting each other.