“As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset.” Exodus 17:11-12, NIV
Practically every child believes their parent possesses some sort of super power. From x-ray vision (how did she know what you were hiding under your pillow) to telepathy (it’s like he’s reading your mind), only one word describes them: INVINCIBLE! We’d sit at the light near our home and our son thought I controlled the traffic signals. When I said “Geeen. Now!” The light changed on cue and I heard a gasp of wonder from the back seat. It rocked his world!
Though traffic lights or sneaking a peek under their pillows require little effort, remaining too mighty to be overcome by greater feats becomes a taxing endeavor. We watch our children navigate through treacherous terrain — cyberbullying, eating disorders, body image issues, opiate pandemic, sexual identity. And much like the Amalekite army coming against the children of God, those trappings have but one purpose: annihilation. We try not to grow weary, but how can we not? We long for the simple, goodnight prayers as we wail hard and pray harder, “Turn our mourning, Lord into a miracle.”
But invincible does not mean invisible. We are not alone in the fight. God first reveals through it all, a righteous person’s prayers are powerful and effective (James 5:16). We need to ramp up our petitions in these moments where our sense of overcoming wears thin. When simple goodnight hugs and kisses couldn’t combat the chaos infiltrating our son’s choices, pouring out my heart in prayer became my counterattack. Tears burned against my cheeks, but a holy fire burned in my soul, reminding me of the promise of joy in the morning (Proverbs 30:5, NIV) and a hope for his future (Proverbs 23:18 and Jeremiah 29:11). Strength grew out of weakness and Christ’s power grew ever stronger as I held on in prayer (2 Corinthians 12:9-10).
Next, we also find strength in the presence of community, not in the absence of it. As commanded, Moses raised his hands in battle, but when he grew tired, Aaron and Hur came along for support (Exodus 17:12). Consider them his spiritual partners. There are no solo acts in the trenches. Batman had Robin. Hans Solo had Chewbacca. Frodo Baggins had Samwise Gamgee. David had Jonathan. Timothy had Paul. Even the Lone Ranger had Tonto. God-fearing friends come together and link arms to level the battleground on our behalf. I have mine. You have yours. And we have the God of Israel. In fact, “…the Lord will go before you, the God of Israel will be your rear guard” (Isaiah 52:12). And “when two or three gather in my name, there am I with them” (Matthew 18:20).
God always provides His people with the rights and reinforcements bestowed on one “too powerful to be defeated or overcome.” That’s invincible defined. And as children and joint-heir to the Invincible Incarnate, His royal line flows though our veins.
We may carry out amazing feats in our child’s eyes, but if amazing challenges us with the worst-case scenarios from a young adult’s worst nightmares, prepare to lift your hands toward heaven. A powerful community of believers stand with you to trust in the outcome, to pray in the fight and to fix their gaze on the Invincible God!