“Therefore, lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed.” (Hebrews 12:12–13). This verse is often quoted and used to exhort strong believers to encourage others who seem to be going through tough times; they are weak. However, we need to carefully examine these verses to understand what the writer is saying.
First, it is important to look at the context.
· We saw that we are considered runners with witnesses surrounding us and with one objective, one goal; Jesus Christ, who is also our example (12:1-2).
· We must “consider” Jesus “who endured from sinners such hostility against Himself” (12:3).
· We are to appreciate the discipline of the Lord as “training…that we may share His holiness …for…it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness” (12:5-11).
Second, the subject of this section has not changed. It is still about you, the runner, the son or daughter of the Father’s discipline. In verses 12-13, the subject is still YOU! It’s about “your drooping hands…your weak knees, and your feet.” You must lift up what is drooping, weak or disabled by remembering how Jesus strengthened Himself by a close walk with His Father.
Often “knees” make us think of prayer. If your prayer life is “weak or paralyzed” by something outside your relationship with the Lord, it is time to “strengthen” that part of your spiritual walk so that you “pray at all times in the Spirit” (Ephesians 6:18).
We will look at the “straight paths for your feet” tomorrow. For right now, the most important thing you could do is STOP what you are doing, REPENT of any weakness you have allowed, and RENEW your walk with the Lord in prayer. Lift those drooping hands in gratitude and use them as instruments to serve others.
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