"And I will strengthen them in the Lord: and they shall walk up and down in his name, saith the Lord." (Zechariah 10:12)

A solace for sick saints.  They have grown faint, and they fear that they shall never rise from the doubt and fear; but the great Physician can both remove the disease, and take away the weakness which has come of it.  He will strengthen the feeble.  This he will do in the best possible way, for it shall be 'in Jehovah.'  Our strength is far better in God than in self.  In the Lord it causes fellowship, in ourselves it would create pride.  In ourselves it would be sadly limited, but in God is knows no bound.  

When strength is given, the believer uses it.  He walks up and down in the name of the Lord.  What an enjoyment it is to walk abroad after illness, and what a delight to be strong in the Lord after a season of prostration!  The Lord gives his people liberty to walk up and down, and an inward leisure to exercise that liberty.  He makes gentlemen of us:  we are not slaves who know no rest, and see no sights, but we are free to travel at our ease throughout Immanuel's land.

Come, my heart, be thou no more sick and sorry - Jesus bids thee be strong, and walk with God in holy contemplation.  Obey his word of love.


I have, too often, 'felt' weary, overwhelmed, and faint-hearted this year.  Acknowledging that is hard and humbling....
And yet, acknowledging it more and more freely is bringing a river of grace.  Our God is so, so strong....& while my weaknesses are real, He rises and gives power to free us from our 'little' bondages.  He gives us himself.  And He is enough.

May the good news strengthen your feeble knees as we 'obey his word of love'....

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