Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Like Eagles

Encouragement for your daily walk with God

Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord
We will wait upon the Lord
We will wait upon the Lord

Our God You reign forever
Our Hope our strong Deliv'rer

You are the everlasting God
The everlasting God
You do not faint
You won't grow weary
You're the defender of the weak
You comfort those in need
You lift us up on wings like eagles
© 2005 Thankyou Music

You may be familiar with this song. It is listed in the top 25 worship songs found at CCLI [Christian Copyright Licensing International]. I want to draw your attention to the last line of this song for our eDevotion today: “You lift us up on wings like eagles”

Birds fly, that’s what they do. Blue Jays fly. Sparrows fly. Finches fly…you get the point. But when you look into the sky and watch an eagle floating in the air, you’re watching a bird that is soaring. Sure, the eagle must do a little flying at first, but soon it connects with thermal updrafts and taps into their power. That’s the difference between flying and soaring. Soaring relies on a source of power beyond itself.

Eagles are mentioned many times in Scripture, but I think Isaiah captures it as the perfect metaphor for the person who gets his/her strength from God. He said the person who waits—trusts, rests, depends, remains, relies—on the Lord finds the strength to “mount up on wings like eagles.

From this metaphor, we get the idea that soaring means to be far above the problems and difficulties of life, seeing what is happening below from a different perspective—God’s perspective. From that view, there is understanding, which results in patience and contentment.

The eagle uses the power of thermal drafts to remain high above earth. It doesn’t rely on constant flapping of its wings to stay afloat. If you are weary of “flapping” your way through difficult times, relying on your own strength to make it through, I encourage you with the words of Isaiah to “wait upon the Lord!” Rise up because of His power. Get a new perspective of your circumstance. 

I think D. L. Moody had it right. He said, “Real, true faith is man’s weakness leaning on God’s strength.”

Those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31 

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