Behold, at that time I will deal with all your oppressors. And I will save the lame and gather the outcast, and I will change their shame into praise and renown in all the earth. (Zephaniah 3:19)
I wonder if you ever feel you are limping along in your faith? You are walking along the right path, your destination is correct, but it seems such hard work. You shuffle along so far, and then you need to stop and catch your breath. What’s worse are those others who trot along quite happily. As you limp along, they go on by and you feel even slower. Even more lame. It doesn’t quite seem fair and you wonder if you’ll ever make it at all. If only your faith was stronger. If only you had deeper roots, or stronger foundations. There you are. Little old you. Limping along.
But there you are, under the gaze of God himself. “And I will save the lame…”!
Have you ever thought that God’s saving of you brings himself more glory? Have you ever thought how the extra, tender mercy that God shows you demonstrates the bottomless wells of his grace? Never give up! The crown awaits at the end of the race, and we have a God who will get us there. He gathers up his slowest and coaxes along the lame. “I will change their shame into praise and renown in all the earth”.