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Friday, August 29, 2014

They Shall Not Swoon, Nor Halt, Nor Turn Back

How full of encouragement is the language of the prophet Isaiah

Isa 40:31  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.

This beautiful passage contains a promise of continued supplies of grace and strength to all who really desire to serve the Lord with integrity and simplicity.

In the image of the eagle, the prophet alludes to the strength of wing and of vision possessed by this noble bird-whereby it
ascends to a lofty height, untired and undazzled-soaring even above the fogs and mists of the lower regions of the air, mounting above the very clouds, undeterred by the lightning, and floating in the pure azure above!

Thus shall all who hope in the Lord rise higher and higher, upon the mighty wings of strong devotion, and with the unblinking eye of faith-into the regions of heavenly mindedness; and shall approach nearer and nearer to God-the sun of our spiritual day.

They will run in the heavenly race, for the crown of immortal glory, "and not grow weary." Their strength, instead of being exhausted, shall, contrary to what occurs in bodily effort-be increased by exertion. 

No length nor greatness of labor shall be too much for them. 

God shall pour into their souls, fresh energy for every fresh effort.

"They will walk and not be faint." Their pilgrimage may be arduous; the road may be long and rugged; often up steep ascents, and down into deep and rocky crags, where every step is a labor-but they shall not lose heart or hope; they shall not swoon, nor halt, nor turn back-but go forwards, sustained by a
power greater than their own!

~John Angell James~

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