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Wherefore Lift Up the Hands That Hang Down

“Wherefore lift up the hands that hang down and the feeble knees.”

Hebrews 12:12

When we read Hebrews 12:12 we get a picture of a little child pouting and moping around after being corrected by his father. It is a rather ridiculous looking posture, hands hanging down as far as possible, knees bent, and no doubt a pouty face. Interestingly, the person pouting is not a little kid, but a child of God, a Christian adult. In the context of the scripture, God is telling Christians to stop moping and pouting because of His correction or chastisement.  

When we are born into the family of God, born again, saved, we become the child of God. It is a great privilege to have a father as wonderful as Almighty God. As a child of God we can expect that our Righteous Father will not allow us to live in sin without His addressing the issue. As our father He lovingly offers correction. Often his correction comes in the form of a guilty conscience. God works in our spirit and takes away our peace and joy when we have sinned against Him. 

The exhortation of the scripture is to not forget that God chastens His children. As a Christian is your conscience guilty, have you lost your peace, is your joy diminished? If you answer yes, then ask yourself, is this the chastening of God? Is there unconfessed sin, bitterness, un-forgiveness? Is there a relationship that needs to be mended? (i.e. TELL YOUR WIFE YOU WERE WRONG AND THAT YOU ARE SORRY) 

You may be moping around like a whipped school boy with no joy or peace, because your loving Father God is trying to get your attention. If this is you, recognize that your Father loves you too much to let you get by with your sinfulness. Ask the Lord to show you your sin and quickly confess it and make it right. You will be so glad you did, and everyone around you will be glad when the moping and pouting has subsided! “Wherefore lift up the hands that hang down and the feeble knees.”