God planned for His children to rely on each other, which includes both providing and receiving help.
Deep, honest relationships require time and effort. But as human beings, we all have physical, mental, and emotional limits that we can’t ignore. Even Jesus, who was all-powerful, took time to step away from the crowds and His disciples to recharge by connecting with the Father (Luke 5:16).
When we can’t give as much to our relationships as we hoped, it might be our turn to receive.
Moses is a great example of this. When he held up the staff of God, Israel prevailed over Amalek, but as his arms grew tired and he lowered them, Amalek gained around. So “Aaron and Hur supported [Moses’] hands, one on one side and one on the other. So his hands were steady until the sun set. And Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword” (Exodus 17:12-13).
Moses’ story reminds us that sometimes the best thing we can do is let our family and friends help. God designed us to lean on one another, after all (1 Corinthians 12:18-26).
Think About It
• Do you know when to invest in your relationships and when to step back? Take a moment to ask the Lord for wisdom to navigate this gave and take.