Renewed Strength for Weary Warriors
Have you heard about the "gator aid" that was given to enlisted men in a Florida training camp during World War II? The daily training for those GIs included a run through an obstacle course. On the final stretch of the endurance test, they had to grab a rope and swing across a broad, shallow pool.
Under the blazing southern sun the water looked so inviting to the men that most of them soon developed a habit of making it only halfway across the pond--that is, until an enterprising lieutenant made it the new home for a large alligator. From that day on, the recruits left the ground 15 feet from the water's edge and fell sprawling in the dust on the other side.
In other words they need motivation and the alligator provided that. Well our text should provide motivation for it tells us there is "Renewed Strength for Weary Warriors."
Here are two text, one to make us sad and another to make us glad. The first one depicts the certainty of weariness and decay. In the first verse we have to recognize all life's failures; when God is left out there can be nothing but falling and fainting because of weariness. Hard work continually, sorrow added, responsibilities and burdens of all sorts, will have made us weary and ready to faint.
In the text we see the youth standing at the threshold of life with eager eyes and long before he reached the middle of h is walk he is often sick of the whole thing and weary of what has been laid upon him.
This is a universal experience-"Even the youth shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall." Verse thirty-one of this chapter tells us of the blessed possibility of inexhaustible strength. This is a big text, as well as a full one. It deals with immortal strength.
I. A GREAT ESSENTIAL
"They that wait upon the Lord."
I know of nothing harder for the modern Christian to do than to "wait on the Lord." This is one of man's greate ...
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