Journal Entry ~ 09/10/18
11 Whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed, and whenever he lowered his hand, Amalek prevailed.
12 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.
13 And Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people with the sword. - Exodus 17:11-13
God loves community. In this story, He specifically called on Hur and Aaron to help Moses persevere, and in our lives He does the same because God loves community. From the very beginning, God created us to be relational beings, and His plan for us has always been to live in community with one another, supporting and encouraging each other.
All the way back in Genesis 1:26, we read: Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” The “us” refers to Gods community - the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Our God is an inter-relational being of three persons in one. God is one, but He is not alone. So when he sees Adam is alone, He says that’s not good. He created Eve because He wants man to be made in “our” image, after “our” likeness - that’s community. God didn’t create us to be alone because He knows nothing of aloneness. He created us to be in community.
Let that sink in. We were created in His image - His image is community. We were not created from a place of loneliness, but from a place of community. We know this to be true because we feel most alive when we feel the deepest sense of togetherness. We flourish the most when we function the most like God, when our community is functioning as He created it to be.
God knows you. He specifically chose people for you to do life with. He does not call you to be a Lone Ranger, but calls you to be in a community of believers that will hold your arms up when you are tired. The hard part is that we are broken, so living in community with one another can be messy, and hurtful, and it can make our broken hearts want to retreat to where no one can hurt us again, but that’s not Gods plan for you. It is never His plan for you to be lonely or alone - God knows nothing of aloneness. He calls you to be in community. And if you lean in to that community, you will find you feel the most alive.
Press on ~ you are loved 💗
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