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Get A Grip

Get A Grip

15 July 2009

Scripture:

So take a new grip with your tired hands and stand firm on your shaky legs. Mark out a straight path for your feet. Then those who follow you, though they are weak and lame, will not stumble and fall but will become strong. (Hebrews 12:12-13 NLT)

Get a grip! It would be easy to read this in the context of the previous verses about accepting and cheerfully submitting to God’s discipline and read it as, “Come on, you whiner, Get a grip!”

But when I read this today, it seems like it’s Jesus saying, “Sometimes life is hard. Sometimes you get weary. Sometimes you just feel like letting go, dropping out, giving up. I understand how you feel because I sometimes felt the same way. But there is purpose in it. There are lessons to learn, maturity to achieve, and fruit from the training and disciplines of life.”

So with this in mind – that Jesus understands how you feel; that the Father is expressing his love and his confidence in you by putting you through this season of discipline and training; that there is a season of fruitfulness to follow the season of discipline – with this understanding and confidence, “Take a new grip with your tired hands and stand firm on your shaky legs and mark out a straight path for your feet!”

Keep in mind that those who follow you will experience the same feelings of weariness and even discouragement, but as they follow you, as they see you take a new grip and stand firm on your shaky legs, they will take courage and they will become strong.

So Get a Grip! And I mean that in the nicest possible way!

Prayer:

Father, I do know you love me! I do know that your firm discipline is because you love me and want me to grow and learn and be a blessing and positive influence on others who follow. It’s not always easy and it’s not always fun, but I trust you with all my heart and I know that whatever you allow to come my way works for the best as I respond in faithful obedience. Ok, I'll get a grip! Amen.

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