The Lord Is My Banner

Ben Van Arragon

Read: Exodus 17:8-16

Moses built an altar and called the name of it, The LORD Is My Banner. (v. 15)

During the exodus, the Israelites mark significant milestones with enduring reminders. One such milestone is their first military battle. What is striking about this battle is that the Israelites can take no credit for their victory. It’s clear that the people’s strength is really the Lord’s strength. Even Moses, whose only job is to hold up his arms, cannot do it alone. It is therefore fitting that the simple stone altar Moses erects bears the name, “The LORD Is My Banner.”

It’s human nature to minimize our limitations and take credit for our accomplishments. Yet if we’re honest, we recognize the countless ways in which we’re dependent on God. When we look back we see the numerous times our victories were really God’s victories. There’s great value in remembering our times of struggle and the prayers we prayed. It’s a faith discipline to record the ways the Lord answered those prayers. It’s an admission neither of defeat nor weakness to claim the Lord as your banner. He is, as the apostle Paul writes, “able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine” (Eph. 3:20 NIV).

When we remember God’s past faithfulness, we anticipate God’s future intervention. Let him be your banner. —Ben Van Arragon

As you pray, acknowledge your need and anticipate God’s answer.