Lessons from Eagles for Soaring Saints (Isaiah 40:31) – PART 1
Isaiah 40:31, “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
There are lessons to be learned while we wait on God that can't be learned at any other time. We need to learn to trust Him despite circumstances, or to be content with what we have or don't have in light of all that He promises. These lessons, when embraced, will work in us a deeper level of trust and a greater capacity for resting in God. So, while you wait for what you hope for, allow the Lord to accomplish the desire for which He hopes for you.
In this portion of Isaiah, we will take a good look at the eagle. The lessons from this magnificent bird will help us and challenge us to spiritually soar for the Saviour. When we wait upon the Lord, we shall renew our strength. The word "renew" means "to change, to pass from one state to another, or to exchange." When we wait on God we exchange our weakness for His strength. What we cannot do, He can. What we cannot see, He can. When we are weak, with His strength, we become strong. They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.
Isaiah told us that if we will wait upon the Lord, we will mount up with wings as eagles. What is he talking about here? We want to take a look at the eagle and learn lessons from this bird that will help us to grow in our faith and walk closer to the Lord. Eagles are wonderful birds. In fact, they are mentioned 34 times in the Bible. This is more than any other animal in the Word of God. From the earliest of times, eagles have been symbols of strength, bravery, courage, independence, and a symbol for the Lord. The traits and characteristics of the eagle provide insights for us about our relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and how to spiritually soar. We will note first of all the strength of the eagle.
1. Strength of the Eagle
The wings of the eagle are absolutely beautiful and graceful. When its wings are extended, they have a span of 7 to 71/2 feet. Eagles have about 7,000 feathers on their bodies averaging around 14 pounds. Pound for pound, the eagle is one of the strongest creatures in the animal kingdom, able to catch and carry salmon to small antelope. An eagle has enough strength in its claws to break the bones in a man's forearm by merely grasping it firmly. Eagles are extremely swift and one of the fastest animals on this planet. On a straight course, they can fly up to 50 miles per hour. When he is swooping down upon his prey, he can reach speeds over 100 miles per hour. Yet, at this speed, he can spread his wings and tail, causing an aerial skid and stop within twenty feet. They can fly at extreme heights, too. Airplane pilots have reported seeing eagles flying at 15,000 feet. The eagle's great strength reminds us that we should be strong. Paul told us in Ephesians 6:10, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.”
PRAYER: Father in Heaven, help me to have the wisdom to learn to trust You and wait for Your timing. Give me peace during my season of affliction. Lord, I choose to trust You and wait for You to act. Please give me rest and peace, In Jesus name, Amen.
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