Helping Carry Burdens

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God made us to need the support of others. In the context of marriage, He has bound two people together so that each needs the strong and loving support of the other.

Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady. Exodus 17:12

The armies of the Lord prevailed against the enemy as Aaron and Hur provided support. Joshua led the Israelites into battle as Moses stood with the staff of God outstretched over the valley below. As Moses lifted up the staff, Joshua and the Israelites prevailed, but when Moses grew tired and lowered the staff, the enemies prevailed. Although no one made a plea for them to come, Aaron and Hur noticed the need, took the initiative, and came to render support.

True support means noticing needs, taking initiative, and quietly giving of oneself—oftentimes without being asked. It took me (David) several years to move past seeing only my needs to noticing Teresa's. But in recent years, we have enjoyed excitement and fulfillment as I have noticed her needs, taken initiative, and given her support.

An obvious principle in today's Scripture passage is that the one who is overwhelmed when left alone can be victorious when supported. Had Aaron and Hur left Moses to bear the weight of the staff alone, he would have collapsed, and the people of Israel would have suffered certain defeat. God made us to need the support of others. In the marriage context, God has bound two people together so that each needs the strong, loving support of the other.

Countless homes have been torn apart when husbands and wives have had to bear their burdens alone and without support. Support is not standing at a distance giving advice. Rather it's hands-on time when we urge our spouses to allow us to bear their burdens with them.

In what areas of your marriage or role as a parent do you most need the loving, strong support of your spouse today?

Help me, Lord, to lift up my spouse in every way he or she needs it. Make me sensitive to each and every one of his or her needs.

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