Hebrew 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 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. We are then tempted to walk around it and not face the obstacles; take the easier way out.
Perhaps it is some physical trouble that God is ready to heal but the effort is hard and it is easier to secure a human help or just walk around the trouble in some other way. There are many ways of walking around emergencies instead of going straight through them. How often we come up against something that appalls us and we evade the issue.
God says, “Lift up the hands that hang down.” March straight through the flood and the waters will divide, the Red Sea will part and the Lord will lead you through to victory.
Don’t let your feet “be turned out of the way, let your faith be strengthened. Go right ahead and leave no troubles unconquered; do not leave a place where the devil can say that he was way too much for you to handle.