THEIR FINEST HOUR Andy Hollifield 9-2-17
Luke 14:11 For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
Colossians 3:23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
I somehow began to think about this thought, about people who at one point in their life, maybe through one action or for just a short time, made a real impact in their day and then faded into obscurity. We are guilty of it all the time. We put some on a pedestal and others don’t even rate a second thought from us, even though God’s word teaches against such partiality. But I am talking about folks that whether anyone was watching or not, they just did what they needed to do at the time to the best of their ability. I believe we can all be encouraged by looking at some of them and their deeds.
In the book of Genesis in chapter 24, we find Abraham’s servant. Have you ever noticed that the servant isn’t named? It is possible that it may have been his servant Eliezer of Damascus from chapter 15 . Anyway, there is never a mention of who it was by name but it does say that it was his eldest servant of his house, that ruled over all that he had. It is likely that if Eliezer was still alive at this time, it would have almost certainly been him. Now, I know that I have written recently about this man but I don’t want to look in detail about what he done but the benefit to all because he did it. You are probably thinking, “all he done was to go get Isaac a wife”. There is much more to it than that. If you look at the lineage of Abraham’s family going forward, you will find that this woman, Rebekah, was the very woman who, along with her husband, gave birth to the nation of Israel. She was the one that gave birth to Jacob from which the 12 tribes of Israel descended. Without the faithfulness to his duty of the servant that went and found Rebekah, the covenant between God and Abraham would have had to have been completed a different way. I am sure that the servant had no idea when he started on his journey that he was making tracks in history as he walked across the desert sand.
Another one is found in the story of Aaron and Hur holding up the hands of Moses. Chapter 17 and verse 12 of Exodus tells the story of Israel being in battle. As it raged on, it became apparent that as long as Moses held up his hands as he watched from the top of the mountain, that Israel prevailed. When he let his hands drop, the Amalekites prevailed. As Moses got tired, Aaron and Hur found a rock for him to sit on and they stood on each side and held up his hands until the sun went down. We know that Aaron was the chief priest of the nation, but what about Hur? His grandson was one of the craftsman that Moses called on to build the items for inside the tabernacle. Aside from his job of holding up Moses’ hands for that day, his life seems to have been mundane and uneventful. Oh yeah, one tiny little fact I was about to leave out, Hur was of the tribe of Judah. That was also the tribe of another great man; Jesus.
Men weren’t the only ones that had these one-time, unique, life changing, events. In Joshua chapter 2 we find the story of Rahab the harlot. Her claim to fame was that she risked her own life to hide the spies that Joshua sent into Jericho prior to an invasion. By hiding these men up on her roof, and let them down over the wall under cover of darkness after the city gates were shut. Oh, and her other claim to fame; in Matthew 1:5 you will find that Rahab married Salmon and gave birth to Boaz and he later married Ruth the Moabite and they begat Obed and Obed begat Jesse and Jesse begat David. That’s right! There is not only Rahab the harlot in the geneology of Christ, but also Ruth whose only significant accomplishment in life was leaving her country to come back to Bethlehem-Judah with Naomi and then getting married to Boaz.
I want to mention one last woman. She too remained nameless in the scripture and her only known accomplishment at all was recommending a physician. In 2 Kings 5 we find the story of Naaman the leper. Naaman was a soldier and apparently a high-ranking one. His wife’s maid was a little Jewish girl from Israel. All that we know that she ever did was carry a burden for her Master. She mentioned one day to Naaman’s wife that she wished that Naaman was with the prophet in Samaria because she knew he would be healed. Word of that conversation began to spread around and Naaman wound up getting a letter from his king in Syria to go to the king of Israel to be healed. This angered the King of Israel to the point that he rent his clothes. Word of that event made it back to Elisha and he sent word to the king to send Naaman to him and he would heal him. The king sent him and Elisha sent out his servant to tell Naaman to go and wash in the Jordan 7 times and he would be healed. After much discussion with his servants, Naaman did as the prophet had told him and was healed.
From Abraham’s servant to Hur all the way to Rahab, Ruth, and this little maid; they all have a couple of things in common. First, they all had a burden for someone other than themselves. Second, these single events were, for the most part, the only defining moment in their lives. These moments were definitely “their finest hour”. So, be encouraged! You too may have a defining moment in your life that you may not even realize is such a big deal but to someone else it may be. It could be; your finest hour! Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!