But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint (Isaiah 40:31).
I ran across this quote from Scottish minister Ralph Erskine (1685-1752) in Joel Beeke’s booklet Getting Back in the Race: The Cure for Backsliding (p. 98). I hope you find it as encouraging as I did:
Do what you can to fly up;
If you cannot fly, endeavor to run without wearying;
If you cannot run, endeavor to walk without fainting;
If you cannot walk because of your broken leg, then will you creep to the Physician with it and hold out the broken leg, the withered arm to him;
If you cannot creep, will you cry to him; “He hath not said to the seed of Jacob, seek ye me in vain”:
If you cannot cry, will ye look to Him; “Look to me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth”:
If you cannot look to him, will you long for him, for “He satisfies the longing soul”: sigh, and sob, and groan after him.
And if, after all, you think you can do nothing, because of your absolute weakness; then, O will you wait on the Lord, and you shall renew your strength; wait on him in the use of means; lie at the pool, and you cannot tell how soon you shall get strength to mount: “Wait, I say, on the Lord.”
Grace and peace, Pastor Jeff Riddle