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ŇI bare you on eaglesŐ wings.Ó
When a soldier is severely wounded in battle, it is of little benefit to him to be told that there are doctors at the hospital who can bind up his wounds, and give him medicine that will ease him of all the pains that rack his body. What that wounded warrior needs is someone to carry him to the hospital, and a doctor to administer the care he needs and give him the medicine that will help.
So it is with us. — All the promises of God and all doctrine of the gospel are of no benefit to our souls, until the Lord God, by his own gracious hand, applies them to us. We are thirsty, but too faint to crawl to the waterhole. We must be carried to the water. We are too weak even to drink. Someone must put the water to our lips and tenderly pour it into our mouths.
That is what the Lord our God does for us by his Spirit. God the Holy Ghost, the blessed Spirit of Truth, takes the things of Christ and applies them to us. Do not imagine that our blessed Savior has placed his promises, his blessings, and his mercies on heavenly shelves that we may climb up to heaven and get them for ourselves. That is not the case at all. — He comes to us and sheds his mercy, love, and grace abroad in our hearts by his Spirit. Yes, he bids us come boldly to the Throne of Grace, that we might obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. But, blessed be his name, he does much more than that!
He who is our God and Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, comes to our poor souls and pours in the oil and wine of grace, by which he renews us day by day, and sweetly, effectually causes us to come to him for grace. O bless his name forever!
Child of God, if you are laboring under deep distresses, your God does not give you promises and then leave you to yourself to draw them up from the Word like buckets of water from a well. Oh, no! The promises he has written in the Word, he will write anew on your heart. He will manifest his love to you, and by his blessed Spirit, dispel your cares and troubles.
It is GodŐs prerogative and GodŐs work to wipe every tear from the eyes of his chosen. The Good Samaritan not only gives you the sweet wine of the promise, but he holds the golden chalice to your lips and pours the life-blood into your soul. The poor, sick, way-worn pilgrim is not merely strengthened to walk, but he is borne Ňon eaglesŐ wingsÓ until he has reached the Mount of God above! — Glorious gospel!
God our Savior provides everything for the helpless, and brings grace to us before we seek it. So, he gets as much glory in the giving as in the gift.