“Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not easily broken.” (Ecclesiastes 4:12)
The Amalekites were long time enemies of Israel. Since the days of Israel’s desert wanderings, the Amalekites had intimidated them, taken advantage of their elderly and preyed upon those who were weary from wandering. The Quest Study Bible compares the Amalekites to a present day street gang who use intimidation and terrorism to instill fear in their victims.
In Exodus 17, the Amalekites were attacking Israel in the broad valley of Rephidim. It is here that Moses learned the power of a three strand cord when he sent Joshua to defeat the Amalekites.
During the battle, Moses stood at the top of the hill with the staff of God in his hands. He brought with him, Aaron and Hur. As long as Moses had his hands up the Israelites were winning, but whenever his arms grew tired and began to lower, the Amalekites would gain the upper hand. Aaron and Hur, the unsung hero’s of the story, found a stone for Moses to sit on and they held up his hands keeping them steady until sunset, at which time Joshua overcame the Amalekite army.
Here are a few things to consider.
1) People of integrity take the time to get a view from the top of the hill.
When you are in the valley, corruption can seem gigantic. Take the time to climb to the top of your mountain of influence to see the larger picture. It will put things into perspective, and the giant in the valley will be cut down to size making your outlook much different when you come down off the mountain.
2) People of integrity do not walk alone.
Don’t fool yourself, a lifestyle of integrity can be tiring, lonely, and overwhelming. That is why you need unsung hero’s to come alongside you, helping you to find a stone to sit on when your energy has depleted. When your arms get tired, you need people on either side of you who will hold up your arms until integrity gains the upper hand over corruption.
3) People of integrity are in it for the long haul.
Exodus 17:16 says: “The Lord will be at war against the Amalekites from generation to generation.”
The fight against corruption is not a one time battle; it is a life-long process so why bother pursuing a lifestyle of integrity? This week, I met with five mountain influencers who are considering joining a CLI cohort. I posed the question “what would motivate you to take this journey of integrity?” A leader of influence in government responded, “it gives me an opportunity to add value to my world.” That is why we choose a lifestyle of integrity!
4) People of integrity understand the power of prayer.
Jesus said: “Suppose two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for. My Father in heaven will do it for you. Where two or three people gather in my name, I am there with them.” (Matthew 18:19-20)
A prayer cord of two or three has the potential to deal a severe blow to corruption!
Until next time…