Power in Partnering
How important are partnerships to you?
There are four partnerships in these five verses that are valuable, and need to be looked at.
Partnerships have the ability to change, not only, the lives of the people involved, but also the lives of the people involved, but also the lives of those around them.
The first partnership is Moses and God.
Verse 9b of Exodus 17
God and Moses had been in partnership years before this battle took place. A lot of times before this Moses had witnessed God fighting right alongside of him doing some incredible things. Especially with his Shepherds distaff, he carried it with him everywhere. It was the staff that Moses was preparing to lead Joshua and the Israelites into battle with. It was the staff that was turned into a serpent before Pharaoh. It was the same staff that parted the Red Sea.
This staff was also used to tap on a rock to provide water for complaining people while in the desert. It had God written all over it, it held great power, and Moses knew as long as he held it out front, God would prevail. So when Moses said what he did in verse 9, he expected God to do no less than show His power as He had in the past.
The next morning just as he said, "Tomorrow I will stand…" Moses heads up the hill with the staff of God leading him and the Israelite Army into battle against Amalek and the Amalekites.
Moses knew that for the Israelites to be victorious in this battle God must be seen as the spiritual leader. Everything was going just as Moses planned, Joshua and the Israelites were winning, until one little issue came up.
Simply, Moses was tired, can you imagine holding up your arms for a whole day, plus the weight of the staff?
Moses had total confidence in his partner, God. The problem was, Moses was just a man. Moses knew that if the Israelites were to win this battle, God would lead them to victory. Wouldn't it be nice today. If we had a staff available to help us fight the battles in our lives?
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The second partnership is Moses and Joshua.
Verses 9, 10
Moses knew he could only count on God to stand by him in battle, but, he also knew that he could count on Joshua also.
Moses knew that Joshua was a natural born leader. He had proved his loyalty by being a General in the Israelite army under Moses' command. It was here that Joshua gained valuable experience that helped to prepare him for the greater battles that were soon to come into his life. That's why Moses asked Joshua to "choose men" who were willing to fight. Not only was Joshua a gifted leader, he was also a faithful friend. He knew he could count on Joshua to "choose men" who were willing to fight. Not only was Joshua a gifted leader, he was also a faithful fiend. He knew he could count on Joshua to be prepared when it was time to act. Still today God is looking for people who are willing to partner alongside Godly leaders. God is looking for people who are willing to stand up and fight for what is right, no matter what opposition they face. God needs you, the church needs you, and your pastors need you. Moses and Joshua were wise men, they knew they needed to partner together in order to accomplish the work God asked them to do. The same is true in the Church today, we all need to partner together to accomplish God's work.
The simple truth is we accomplish more together than we ever would individually. What every Church needs is unity that is created though spiritual partnership.
Partners don't fuss over who does what. They don't fight over getting their own way. They don't give up when things don't go right. They don't focus on personal gain.