Springtime for the Soul

“If you have raced with men on foot, and they have wearied you, how will you compete with horses?”   Jeremiah 12:5 (ESV)

 Spring in Kentucky is beautiful and welcomed with joy. It is exciting to drive through the countryside here in central Kentucky and see the pastures change from their winter brown to the rich verdant green of spring. The horse farms are alive with energy. Brood mares who have been sequestered much of the winter now bask in the warm spring sun. The yearlings, ‘like birds out of prison’, run for the sheer joy of running. There are few sights more beautiful than seeing one of these magnificent animals at full gallop with the wind blowing through their mane.

The exuberance of these young steeds experiencing the freedom of spring is a picture of a soul released from the bondage of sin.  May spring cause us to re-dedicate ourselves to sharing the life-giving Gospel of Jesus Christ to those held fast in the wintery grip of Satan. With the Lord’s help, we must be determined to minister the Word of God here at home and to the ends of the earth. Let us take it as our sacred charge from the Lord Himself when He said, “Ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth” (Acts 1:8). We truly believe, “He that hath the Son hath life: and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life” (1 John 5:12). May we long for real freedom for all people everywhere. We press the claims of Jesus knowing that, “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” (John 8:36).

While we work and pray in earnest for the lost held in the soul chilling grip of Satan, many of us as believers experience, at times, the cold winds of doubt.  We fall victim to distress, discouragement, and the winter blahs of the soul. Perhaps we even ‘grow weary in well doing’.  God’s Word to us for curing these blahs is Is. 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.”  May this be springtime for our soul.  Let us be renewed in Him to rise above discouragement and all else that hinders us. Lord, as we strive to meet the challenge of the Great Commission, may we not only “go” but “run”, and not be weary!

~ Brother Roy

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