Meridian Star

July 13, 2013

From the Shepherd’s heart

By Dr. John A. Temple
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN — "And so it was, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses' hands became heavy; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun." — Exodus 17:11-12 (NKJV)

Modern views of real men are that they have “pulled themselves up by their own bootstraps,” and handle every challenge without the need of assistance. We have visions of being Superman, faster than a speeding bullet, able to leap over tall buildings, etc. The fact is that it takes more than changing clothes in a telephone booth to be able to overcome what we face.

    Moses is the example of a biblical “superman.” Called by God, Moses was commissioned to go to one of the most powerful leaders in the world, Pharaoh, and demand that approximately 1,000,000 stubborn, hapless Hebrews would be free to leave. Moses not only had the responsibility for freedom, he also had the responsibility for navigation, provisions, community affairs, and protection from the enemies.

    Moses may have been a leader, but he did not stand alone. In Ex. 17, we read of a battle between the Hebrews and the Amalekites. Moses stood on the hill opposite the battle holding the rod of God in his hand so the Hebrews would prevail. The problem was that Moses tried to fulfill his responsibilities alone. Soon, his arms were weary and the battle turned against the Hebrews.

    It was at this time of exhaustion that Moses was supported by Aaron and Hur. These two men came to Moses’ rescue helping him hold the rod of God high so the battle could be won. With help, Moses did what he could never do alone.

    If you are trying to be Superman and fighting life’s battles alone, you are going to realize, sooner or later, that we all need help. Everyone needs those who encourage, support, uplift, and faithfully stand by.

    Why not find those who can make your life more productive? Identify those that you can count as faithful. Admit your weaknesses and allow others to help. Understand that manhood is not the life of a hermit. Real men support one another!

    Each of us should make two commitments:

    1. Commit yourself to some cause where you can make a difference. We may not fight the same battles but all can make a difference if we try.

    2. Commit yourself to support your friends. Your presence and your faithfulness may be all someone needs to make it through another day.

Dr. John A. Temple is pastor of Poplar Springs Drive Baptist Church, located at 4032 Poplar Springs Drive in Meridian. Visit the church website online at www.