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Devotional - week of September 11, 2005


HANGING HANDS AND FEEBLE KNEES

Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.  Hebrews 12:12-13

Some of the first readers of the Book of Hebrews were being tempted to give up their faith because of the suffering they endured. Their spiritual condition is pictured as hanging hands and feeble knees.

The author warns that the hanging hands and feeble knees are in danger of being “dislocated.” Rejection of faith can render a believer helpless and useless in the Kingdom.

Hebrews 12:12-13 is more than a warning. It also contains a promise that hanging hands and feeble knees can be healed. The pathway to the healing had been given in Hebrews 12:1-2.

… since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside … the sin which so easily ensnares us  … looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith …

When one is tempted to give up his faith, he is to consider the victorious faith of others. He is to lay aside—reject—the sin of unbelief. He is to look unto Jesus who is “the author and finisher of our faith.” “Looking unto Jesus …” is explained by Hebrews 4:15-16.

For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as [we are, yet] without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

He who is the author and finisher of our faith is also our high priest. He knows by experience our temptations, and He knows that we can have victory over them. As our high priest, He prays for our needs with understanding and with a sympathetic heart.

Looking to Jesus is coming to the throne of grace—a place where God meets our needs—including the need for victory over a wavering faith.