“When you were weary and worn out, they [Amalek] met you on your journey and cut off all who were lagging behind; they had no fear of God.”
Attacked in a moment of weakness and where you are most vulnerable. That’s the story of Amalek (Exodus 17;8-13; Deut. 25:17,18), a marauding tribe that attacked the Israelites shortly after leaving Egypt. Moses told Joshua to lead the battle in the valley while he climbed a hill to pray. Amalek attacked the weakest in the caravan - the elderly, families with children, all who walked at a slower pace. And what did God think of Amalek? “You shall blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven. Do not forget!” (Deut. 25:19)
You have your Amalek too. Your selfish desires combined with satanic oppression attack you when you are weak and where you are vulnerable. What does Exodus 17 teach us about Amalek?
1. Your Amalek must be faced. God could have sent fire from heaven and destroyed Amalek, but he didn’t. General Joshua had to lead the army into the valley to fight Amalek. Amalek was scary. This is the first battle on the journey to the promised land: no plagues destroying the enemy, no Red Sea drowning them.
2. You cannot defeat Amalek in your own power. Yes, you must go into the valley to fight. But remember, Moses was on the hill praying to God for victory. Where was the battle won? On the hill or in the valley? I don’t think it was an either/or but both. It took Moses on the hill and Joshua in the valley.
Will you make the changes necessary for victory? Growing Christians are always changing; dead Christians don’t have to.
Will you face your “Amalek”?