“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 (NIV)
A few years ago someone very dear to me was in the fight of her life … she’s wrestled with her belief in God and searched to know with certainty that the Scriptures were true. Watching from the sidelines was difficult. But the battle was one that only she can fight.
Watching someone in conflict as a bystander is arduous. As we watch and pray, we can be encouraged by two men in the Bible who stood by their friend Moses in battle.
Moses sent Joshua into battle to fight an army of their enemies. While Joshua and the men waged war, Moses stood on top of the mountain holding his staff over the valley. Joshua and his men were victorious as long as Moses held the staff up. When Moses lowered the staff, their enemies gained on them.
Moses’ friends, Aaron and Hur, followed him up the mountain. They saw the pressure and agony Moses experienced as he held the staff. With compassion, these men pushed a large rock under Moses for him to rest upon. Then, in a selfless act of love and friendship, they each held up one of Moses’ arms as he held the staff high.
They could not hold the staff for Moses but they could stand with him through the long battle.
They filled in the gap created by Moses’ weakness with the strength of their faith.
This story challenges us to be a gap-stander rather than a bystander. A bystander is an onlooker who watches, but does not to get involved.
A gap-stander has empathy and takes action, using the strength of her faith to help the fighter stand until victory comes. A gap-stander is someone the one in battle can lean on.
Are you watching someone you care about fight for faith, whether in God, for healing, restoration of a marriage, or something else? Do you feel helpless?
We cannot give our faith to our loved ones or fight for them, but we can stand with them and support them as they fight to have their own faith.
The job of the gap-stander isn’t easy, but it is a place of honor. Gap-standers are committed to encouragement, prayer, and spiritual and practical support. As we watch the battle rage, we also share in and observe God’s great work and their victory. Who can you stand in the gap for today?
My loved one? She is standing strong, confident in her faith.