The Beautiful Bride - Week 2, Day 3

Weak Arms and Weak Knees

IF… “The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom, and their tongues speak what is just. The law of their God is in their hearts; their feet do not slip.” Psalm 37:30-31 (NIV)

IF…“ No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:11(NIV)

THEN… I will memorize Scriptures, hiding God’s Word in my heart so that I may speak what is right and just, and so that I will stand firm and not sin against God (Psalm 119:11). Even Jesus, when tempted by Satan in the wilderness, recited Scripture from memory to put Satan to flight (Matthew 4:1-11).   I will know the word that sustains the weary (Isaiah 50:4) and will be able to teach and admonish others with all wisdom (Colossians 3:16).  I will enjoy the harvest of righteousness and peace that comes from being trained by the Word of God.

I hope you are beginning to understand the importance of hearing, reading, studying, memorizing and meditating on God’s Word. Jesus said that if we are his disciples then we will hold to his teaching (John 8:31), but without these disciplines, we will not be able to hold firmly to his Word. God’s Word is a gift that our groom left for His beloved Bride. Remember the gifts that the Groom left behind were to help the bride stay focused on him in his absence.  

Training in any situation is painful.  It is easy to give up or to lose our focus, but if we remember that this is the way that our Groom communicates with us, we will focus on His words and reap the benefits found in Hebrews 12:11 “…discipline… produces a harvest of righteousness and peace.” 

Hebrews 12:12 goes on to say, “Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees.” In this workout of our character, Paul admonishes us to strengthen our feeble arms and weak knees.  Think about this with me; why do we need to work out our arms? In battle, the strength of the arm is used to wield the sword.  If your arms are too weak to use your sword, you will fail. In the spiritual armor mentioned in Ephesians 6, the only offensive weapon that we have is God’s Word.  It is our Sword of the Spirit! We must be ready at all times to fight our enemy, the devil, for temptation is around every corner.  Jesus gave you His Word! How strong are your spiritual arms at employing it?

The second thing mentioned in this verse is the need to strengthen our weak knees. Over the past few years, I have had surgery on both of my knees.  Although the skin from the incision healed within a couple weeks, I was surprised that it took more than six months before I could kneel on either knee again. When I first read this verse, I laughed, thinking that God realized my knees needed strengthening. But when I contemplated it more deeply, I understood that the arm is used to elevate His Word, like a sword in battle, and the knees are to be bent in prayer.  This brings us to another gift that our groom has given us to enjoy: Prayer.  Prayer is the way that we talk to God. It is a line of communication that is open at all times. For the next two days, we will discuss the strengthening of our knees through the beautiful gift of prayer. 

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