“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 11:12-13
I’ve read this verse so many times, but today, it finally hit me. I finally am coming to an understanding of this verse in my life.
SOMETIMES LIFE HITS US… I’ve been hit by life — when my parents divorced this time in 2011, when the words of others killed my spirit, when Satan would do his best to lie to me and make me feel I had/was nothing. Yeah, I remember that pain. Today, I can tell you that God worked miraculously in my life, and maybe we can sit and talk about it. My life is a testament of his love, his joy, his faithfulness and healing power. But this verse…. Yeah… This verse reminds me of when my head hung low. When Jesus met me as I lay broken on my bedroom floor, he said “get up” — not in the mean way, but in a way that meant, “it’s time to strive through”.
I didn’t understand why He didn’t just leave me to weep a little longer, extend my time of anger and frustration, to live and desire my past for a day more…
I am on the other side of that valley, over the mountain and into the next season, but I will never forget that time. You see, I now understand why I couldn’t hurt “a little longer”. It was time to strive against it. Jesus didn’t promise me a perfect pain-free life. No, he promised me that He would always be with me, guide me, and love me. So I had to trust, and I had to step out and allow my faith to grow.
Affliction is good news for the believer. I’m crazy for saying that right? No really – it means you must strengthen your faith by striving against the odds through faith, patience, holy courage, and resolution. It has taught me how to better walk through hard times… No great warrior was deemed “great” from running away and choosing to give up in battle. We must learn to fight. Secondly, it’s important that we we “lift our droopy heads and strengthen weak knees” in order to not discourage our brothers and sisters in the faith. I don’t know about you, but when I get next to people who choose to take heart, press on and trust Jesus, I am empowered to do the same. Sometimes your pain can only cause you to see you, but the bigger picture is that there are many around. We can help one another and and fight in faith as a unit. For the people around me, for the Church, I want to do my part in increasing my faith and not lacking. I want my passion and perseverance to encourage and build others up. Yep.
I don’t know where you find yourself today. I don’t know if you are nearly ready to give up, but all I want to encourage with is this. Don’t lose the fighter spirit within you, Jesus is with you, stand up and go with Him. Hide His word in your hearts, pray and never cease, take others with you and overcome what He already defeated for you.