Lean On Me

“Lean on me, when you’re not strong, and I’ll be your friend, I’ll help you carry on. For, it won’t be long, till I’m going to need somebody to lean on.”
Back in the day, “Lean on Me” was a popular song recorded by an artist who apparently knew what it was like to need the support of others while experiencing difficult and challenging times.
In Exodus 17, Moses’ predicament was not unusual. He sent Joshua into battle to fight their enemies. While Joshua and the men waged war, Moses stood on top of the mountain holding his staff over the valley. Joshua and his men were victorious as long as Moses held the staff up, but when he lowered the staff, their enemies gained on them.
They encouraged Moses to hold his hands up, but after a while he couldn’t do it anymore. He needed help. When Aaron and Hur, saw the pressure and agony Moses was experiencing, they pushed a large rock under him to rest upon. They could not hold the staff for Moses, but they held up his hands, one on each side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. So Joshua and his men defeated the enemies.
My friend, there are people all around you who are fighting battles and are growing tired. They can’t hold their hands up any longer, they need your help. They need you to stand beside them and support them while they are fighting through the circumstances of life. They need your encouragement and they need you to hold them up in prayer.
Galatians 6:2 urges us to “help bear one another’s burdens.”
After all, God did not mean for us to do life alone. So no matter how strong we think we are, there will come a time when we all will need someone to lean on.
Carolyn Crow is a contributing writer and can be reached at crowcjo@gmail.com