Hitch Your Wagon

"For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day" (2 Corinthians 4:16).

Edward Young, in
Night Thoughts, observed the irony of trying to change.

At thirty, man suspects himself a fool. Knows it at forty, and reforms his plan; At fifty, chides his infamous delay, Pushes his prudent purpose to resolve; In all the magnanimity of thought Resolves, and re-resolves; then dies the same.

People spend a lot of time and thought on their lives, promising themselves to change. But resolving without renewing is as useless as a wagon without a horse. We can paint the wagon, oil its axels, and cushion the seat. But without the horse hitched to the wagon, there's no forward progress. And that's how most will die—stuck.

The Apostle Paul was different. His wagon was growing old, creaking from age and use, but what horsepower! Harnessed to divine grace, God pulled his aging body without a wheel coming off. Thankfully, because of the resurrection, we have access to the same power (v.14). Without God's renewing grace, we are whipping a dead horse. But with it, our wagon is going places!

"That he would grant you...to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man" (Ephesians 3:16).