Exodus 17:15 (NIV)
15 Moses built an altar and called it The LORD is my Banner.
“A banner was usually a flag, streamer, or wrought emblem affixed to the end of a standard. It was common in the ancient world for banners to be used for military, national, or religious purposes in much the way they are today. The purpose of the banner was to indicate the rallying point or any group holding a common cause.” [ISBE, Banner, 409]
We are all familiar with the usage of banners to identify groups and causes. A lighter example would be home team sports colors, uniforms and logos. A more serious example (as in this passage) is war, as seen in movie depictions or iconic art pieces (e.g. Planting The Flag on Iwo Jima). As God’s people, however, our Banner is ultimately not a piece of cloth nor a symbol, but the LORD Himself.
What or who do you tend to look to in the midst of extended difficulty or struggle?
Are there areas where you feel mentally or physically exhausted and the temptation to give up, settle, or to keep fighting by yourself/for yourself?
Let’s turn to the LORD as we worship to the song “Way Maker” by Sinach (cover by Leeland):
Let’s pray: Lord, we look to You in the midst of various difficulties or struggles. You alone are our Banner. Our motivation, our reliance, our identity, our hope is found only in You today! In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.