receiving special strength

Hebrews 12.12-13 Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. 13 Make level paths for your feet, so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.

When I was about 15, I remember breaking my right arm after falling out of a damson tree in our garden at home. It was a shock and it was painful. Thankfully after a visit to the hospital it was reset.  I had a plaster around half of my arm, and it healed quite quickly over the following weeks. The day came for the plaster to be removed. All I can remember about that day, was the surprise I had when I first saw how thin and weak my arm was. I had to do lots of special exercises to regain the muscle. Little by little I regained strength and the arm returned to its full size.

It is like that when we go through difficulties or big changes in our lives. For many, the changes to the way we live, brought about by the pandemic, has knocked them off track. They are in need of strengthening. An illness or loved one being sick can also have the same effect. A change in personnel in a fellowship can weaken it for a while, but in all these situations the Lord Jesus is there to bring strength.

The Bible points to at least two ways to get strength and be restored. In Psalm 118.14 it says, The Lord is my strength and my song. We can ask the Lord Jesus for special strength during these difficult times. I also like to sing about how strong the Lord is. We used to sing a song “Praise the name of Jesus. He’s my rock, he’s my fortress, he’s my deliverer. In him will I trust” I often sing that old chorus to myself.

We also need to strengthen one another.  When David was being chased down by Saul it says in 1 Samuel 23.11 Jonathan went to David at Horesh and helped him find strength in God. We can be on the look out for one another and help each other find strength in God.

If you are feeling weak, then be encouraged because God wants to strengthen you. If you know of others who are going through difficulty, why not have a go at helping them find strength in God with an encouraging word or short prayer. God wants to bring strength to our feeble arms and weak knees. He loves to heal.

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