Thank God, although we may at times be cast down, and our characters almost dismantled by merciless hands, we can still hope in God, for His hand is not shortened that it cannot save, (Isa 59:1) declares “Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:”
As the leaves are gone in winter so do friends leave us in adversity, (Ti. 4:10) “For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world,”
There is a great Need. In (Lk.13:11) We read of a poor woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself.
Such were some of us, “bowed together” by the love of the world that we could in no wise lift ourselves above it.
When Jesus healed her, her cure was- speedy one, It was a perfect one, it was a public one, it was a stable and permanent one.
Her soul partook of the good done to her body-she glorified God.
We are like the publican, we could not lift up so much as our eyes unto Heaven. At that time without strength. Jesus is our only true lifter, “But Thou, 0 Lord, art…the Lifter up of my head” (Psa. 3. 3).
When the head is lifted above the overwhelming flood, our life is lifted up and are saved.
Man in his helplessness and guilt, needs such a lift that only God in His infinite mercy and power can give.
Christ is not only the Breaker up of the sin-closed way, but the lifter of the sin-bound head, (Ps. 27:6) Tells us “And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the Lord.” There are Provision, “I, if I be lifted up from the earth will draw all men unto Me” (Jh.12: 32). Our Almighty Lifter had Himself to be lifted on the Cross, lifted from the grave, and lifted to that throne that is “high and lifted up,” that He might be the Lifter up of His people.
His love is an uplifting power: “but thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption.” (Ps.38:17).
There are Conditions.Those whom He lifts up are described as being needy. “He raiseth the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill” (Ps.113: 7).
It belongs to the character of God to choose the weak things, and to exalt the lowly.
His mercy seeks the guilty, His power the weak, His wisdom the ignorant, and His love the lost.
Again, He lifts up the humble, “Humble yourselves in the sight of God, and He shall lift you up” (Ja.4:10). He that exalted himself shall be abased, but he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
Wherever there is true humbling of ourselves before God, His mighty uplifting hand will be manifested in due time, “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:” (1. Pt.5:6). The Manner in which Jesus works. The Jesus took Peter’s wife’s mother “by the hand and lifted her up” (Mk. 1:31). (2.) Ezekiel the prophet says, “So the Spirit lifted me up and took me away” (Ezek 3:14).
There is still lifting up by the hand of faith and by the Spirit of power. It is the Spirit that quickeneth the whole man, lifting the entire character into the upper regions of faith, where as on eagles’ wings we can run and walk without growing weary or faint.