FAITH is a telegraphic wire which links Earth to Heaven, on which God’s messages of love fly so fast, that before we call He answers, and while we are yet speaking He hears us. But if the telegraphic wire of faith be snapped, how can we obtain the promise ?
Wherefore lift up thy hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; and make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. (Heb. 12:12,13) This is God’s word of encouragement to us to lift up the “hands of faith”, and confirm the “knees of prayer”. Often, our faith grows tired, languid and relaxed, and our prayers lose their force and effectiveness.
The figure used here is a very striking one. The idea seems to be that we become discouraged and so timid that a little obstacle depresses and frightens us, and we are tempted to walk around it, and not face it ——- to take the easier way. Perhaps it is some physical trouble that God is ready to heal, but the exertion is hard, or it is easier to secure some human help, or walk around in some other way.
There are many ways of walking around emergencies instead of going right through them. How often do we come up against something that worries us, and we want to evade the issue with the excuse : I am not quite ready for that now. God says, “Lift up your hands that hang down.” Don’t let your feet “be turned out of the way,” but let your body “be healed,” your faith “strengthened.” Pay as little attention to discouragement as possible. Plough ahead as a steamer does, rough or smooth, rain or sun. To carry your cargo and make your port is the point.
Therefore, take good care of your faith, for it is the only means whereby you can obtain blessings. But take away faith, then you call in vain to Him. “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” FAITH HONOURS GOD ; GOD HONOURS FAITH.