“In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: “Do not fear; Zion, let not your hands be weak” (Zephaniah 3:16).

Do not let your hands become weak. Let not your heart be weak. Never allow the fear and worry to creep in.

Just imagine as though a boy is hanging from a branch of a tree at a great height. Leaving the hold of the branch and falling down will be a big mishap for the boy. He will be screaming and seeking help from someone. Will not his father respond saying, "Son, keep holding the branch firmly for some time and I will rush and bring a ladder to help you to come down?”

In the same way, many a time, you also become weak in your Spiritual life. You weep and say "Lord, I am unable to withstand the pressure in this Christian life. I have a big fear that I may fall down. Will you not help me? Will you not help me to stand erect?" At this juncture, God counsels you saying, "Let not your hands be weak. Hold firmly the support available."

God told the church in Smyrna, “Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life” (Revelation 2:10). He counsels the church in Thyatira saying, “But hold fast what you have till I come” (Revelation 2:25). So, do not let your hands become weak.

Sometime back, a boy deserted his home after causing great stress to his parents. The mother followed him to the entrance and said with tears, "Son, when you come across problems never forget that your mother keeps praying for you". She did not stop with this but kept on praying earnestly that her son should come back, be saved and become a missionary. Holding the feet of God, she screamed, "Turn my son to be righteous and bring him back to me."

God heard that unrelenting prayer, saved the son when he attempted suicide, made him His servant and brought him back to his mother. That son is none but R. A. Torrey, a powerful servant of God who had guided thousands of souls towards Christ and he had also written a number of renowned books.

During the war between the Amalek and the Israelites, Moses stood on top of the hill holding atop the rod of God. When Moses’ hands became heavy, Aaron and Hur supported his hands on each side and this act enabled the Israelites to inherit the victory (Exodus 17:8-16). Dear children of God, do not let your hands be weak.

To meditate: “Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward” (Hebrews 10 :35).