In John Stott’s book, “The Birds Our Teachers,” he talks about the migration of birds as a type of repentance, a returning back home. He then quotes Jeremiah: ‘This is what the Lord says: “When men fall down, do they not get up? When a man turns away, does he not return?”‘ (Jeremiah 8:4). For Christians repentance should be as natural as migration; normal and simple as getting up after a fall. We don’t do it alone, though. John 10:27 says, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” Jesus also gives us this promise in the next verse, “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand” (v. 28).
How do we find the strength when we ourselves are too weak?
“Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” 2 Corinthians 1:21-22