Victory Is Yours

Leah DiPascal

Day: 17 | Plan: Exodus

Today's Reading: Exodus 17

Exodus 17:9 (NIV)Moses said to Joshua, ‘Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands.’” 

Thirsty and under attack. These were the two major challenges Israel was facing as they set up camp in Rephidim.

With no water around, grumbling quickly gave way to quarreling and Moses feared he might be stoned, so he went to God for answers.

God told Moses to take his staff — the same one used when God turned the Nile River into flowing blood in Exodus 7 — and strike it against a rock. Moses obeyed and fresh water gushed forth. Enough water for all the Israelites to be quenched and satisfied.

But their satisfaction quickly dried up as the Amalekites showed up hoping to take them down in a battle and plunder all the gold, silver and articles given to the Israelites from Egypt upon their Exodus. (Exodus 12:35-36)

The Amalekites were nomadic descendants of Esau and were known to attack others for their wealth. They killed for pleasure and had plenty of battle experience. The Israelites had none.

Within hours, Moses stood on top a hill with his staff raised high in the air as the battle raged on.

The Israelites were winning as long as Moses held the staff high, but as he wearied, the staff lowered and simultaneously the Amalekites began to take over. Aaron (Moses’ older brother) and Hur stood beside Moses and held his arms up, with the staff clenched tightly, until the victory was won.

Some may think Moses’ staff had special powers, but that’s not the case at all. The staff was a symbol of God’s sovereignty and divine presence with the Israelites. God was there during their times of bondage in Egypt and now present in their first battle in the wilderness.

Friend, whatever battle you’re facing today, the victory can be yours in Christ. Just as the staff was lifted high to declare victory over the Israelites’ enemies, Jesus Christ is raised high above all the nations to declare ultimate victory in the greatest battle of all times. He has won the war for you and me. Sin, death and the Enemy are completely defeated in the name of Jesus.

The Lord promises to fight for you and no power or enemy can stand against Him. God’s presence is with you and His strength is within you through the power of the Holy Spirit. 

Moses built an altar after the victory over the Amalekites and named it Yahweh Nissi, which means “The LORD is my Banner.” (Exodus 17:15) Today, let’s raise our voices as we lift high our banner in God’s presence and celebrate with a victorious battle cry … Jesus is Lord of all!

Prayer: Heavenly Father, when I’m up against the attacks of the Enemy, help me to raise high the banner of Jesus’ Name as I stand firm on the Rock of my salvation. May I always remember that as I speak the powerful name of Jesus Christ, Satan has to flee. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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