Ordained to Hold the Staff
Encouragement for the weary minister.
I have a friend who is a minister, whom we are praying for at the moment. This person is on the front line spiritually with Israel as they go through what is a spiritual attack, manifesting in the natural as all spiritual attacks do. This minister is brave and never complains.
According to Exodus 17:8-16, when Amalek came and fought with Israel at Rephidim, Moses stood on the hill, and the Bible records, ‘Whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed, and whenever he lowered his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses’ hands grew weary, so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it, while Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side. So his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. And Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people with the sword.’
Moses was ordained to hold up the staff, and rather than handing over the staff to others when he grew weary, God had ordained his spiritual brothers to come and place a rock underneath him, a sure foundation to rest upon (like Jesus) and lift up his hands as he lifted up the power of God so that Israel would have victory.
Ministers, like anyone, can grow weary under the pressure and longevity of a battle. Sometimes, I have prayed for the Lord to come and take away my cup of suffering during spiritual warfare, even attempting to hand over the staff for a little while so that I can rest and regain strength, but God has always sent me my Aaron and Hur, not to take away the staff, but to help me carry it.
Jesus has asked us all to take up our cross and follow Him, and although our flesh would like to hand it over to a Simon of Cyrene, God will send a Simon along to help you carry the burden, just as He did with Jesus who bravely carried His.
Recently, I prayed for extra help because my workload was too heavy with my secular job, church and online ministry, so I was praying for an associate pastor who could share the load. My prayer was answered, but not in the way that I had expected.
Instead of the Lord sending me another pastor to help me, He freed me from my secular job, giving me 40 extra hours in my week to be able to accomplish the work that He has ordained me for. However, the Lord has put around me the Aarons and Hurs to help me hold up my hands.
The Lord doesn’t want me to hand over the staff, I have been called to hold it, but God is gracious and made a way for me through the waters by parting the sea of impossibility, just as Moses lifted up the staff to part the sea when leading the Israelites out of Egypt to the Promised Land.
‘Lift up your staff, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, that the people of Israel may go through the sea on dry ground.’
God turns the sea of impossibility, to possibility!
Jesus has given us everything we need for the day of battle. I will continue to pray for my friends, those ministers on the front line, as they walk bravely in the works that God has ordained them to do. We are headed for the Promised Land – hallelujah!
‘Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
— By Judah Ayling