“Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” Isa. 40:30-31
“Run, John, run, the law commands, but gives us neither feet nor hands. Far sweeter news the Gospel brings: It bids us fly and gives us wings.” John Bunyan
Lord Jesus, what a sweet greeting this morning—from you and two dear pastor-friends. Just as I was getting out of bed at 4 am, the “ding” of my iPad drew my attention to a couple of smiling faces on the streets of Edinburgh. These two brothers, Marty McNeely from Northern Ireland, and Neil MacMillan of Scotland—along with pastor Ralph Cunnington, of Manchester, England—these three UK friends make this passage from Isaiah, and quote from John Bunyan, real and precious to me.
Just when I get discouraged, yet again, about the state of the world, challenges of ministry, and the trajectory of culture—you bring me back to Gospel-sanity, the perspective of heaven, and the riches of your grace. Thank you Jesus.
It is true, very true. In life and in serving you, we do get “weak and tired” and we “fall in exhaustion.” My 3 UK pastor-friends have shown me this. But they also remind me, our life and labors in you are never in vain. Sometimes falling down—but always falling forward; occasionally soaring high, with intermittent stretches of running and walking—no matter our pace, “the Gospel bids us fly, and gives us wings,” all the way into the new heaven and new earth. Hallelujah! So Very Amen