Thursday 30 June 2016
"‘Strengthen the feeble hands"
Strengthen the weak hands and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who are fearful-hearted, ‘Be strong, do not fear!’ (verses 3-4)
Once I met a young man who had fallen from a roof while he was working. He had seriously injured his back, and was depressed. Now in a wheelchair, he was unable to walk. We talked to him about Jesus and he asked us to pray for him. He attempted to get up and I said, ‘Stay sitting where you are,’ but his reply was ‘No! I am standing in the name of Jesus!’ and held out his hands for us to help him stand with us. His courage inspired me greatly, his faith in Jesus evident as his weak legs were strengthened to stand.
When we suffer we fear, but in the verses today we are told to be strong and not fear, because God will come and save us and heal us. In the midst of suffering we can be certain that Jesus understands because of his own suffering. His power to heal and save us is freely given. The perfect love of Jesus casts out all fear. In our prayers we can confidently ask Jesus to strengthen us as we put our faith in him. We can also draw comfort knowing that Jesus’ death on the cross overcame all sin, gaining authority over all evil in this world, and strengthening us to stand even where we are afraid.
† Strengthen our inner being, God, by the power of your Holy Spirit, for Jesus to live in our hearts. We put our faith in him. Take any fear and replace it with your perfect love. Amen.