Lessons from Eagles for Soaring Saints (Isaiah 40:31) – PART 2
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.”
2. Sight of the Eagle
An eagle has the best eyes of any animal alive. They are known for their keen eyesight. As humans, our eyes have 200,000 visual receptors per square centimeter. An eagle by comparison, has 1.6 million receptors per square centimeter. So what does that mean? If you and I had the eyesight of an eagle, it would mean we could read 3-inch letters on a billboard a mile away. We could see a rabbit 2-3 miles away and chart a course to catch it. With human sight, we would struggle to see a quarter at 35 yards. With the eyes of an eagle, we could spot a quarter at 200 yards.
As Christians indwelt by the Holy Spirit, we have two sets of eyes operating in us. The first set is our normal, natural eye which we use to see the natural world in which we live. However, we also have a second set of eyes. They are the eyes of the Spirit of God. II Corinthians 4:18, “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” Since we all who know Christ as Savior, have the Holy Spirit living on the inside of us, we also have His eyes available to us to see life and situations from God's perspective. The eyes of the Holy Spirit give us guidance and direction.
Our spiritual eyes help us to gain wisdom and discernment. They enable to know what is true and what is false, what is good and what is bad, what is wise and what is foolish. They help us to discern those who are wise and those who are foolish or wicked. These eyes enable us to see truths and insights in the Scriptures. In fact, the Bible strengthens our spiritual eyes. Our spiritual eyes direct our minds heavenward. They focus our attention upon the Lord Jesus Christ and help us to not become distracted by the cares of this world. Colossians 3:1-2, “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.”
3. Storms and the Eagle
Eagles never run and hide as they see storms approaching. They have the ability to adjust their body out of joint, in order to ride the winds of the storm. As the winds blow, the eagle will spread her wings and let the winds push her up to great heights, gliding through the skies. As it does this, it rests its wings as the storm pushes it higher and higher. While the storm is raging, the eagle rises above it. It does not escape the storm. It uses the storm to lift it higher. God allows storms in our lives so we might soar closer to Him and rest in Him. Storms or trials can be used by God to develop our character, faith, and spiritual maturity if we respond the right way to them. They help us to learn to wait on the Lord and bring us to greater spiritual levels. Like the eagle, our spiritual eyes enable us to see in our storms or trials. They enable us to see life from God's point of view.
The eagle likes to face the sun and fly towards it as if he thought he could reach it. For a long time, people wondered how they could face the sun without being made blind. But we know now that they have a covering for their eyes that keeps them from all harm from the strong light. As the eagle can fly directly into the sun to foil attackers, we too, can fly directly to the Son of God when we are under attack. Believers can come boldly unto the throne of grace in their time of need. As the eagle gets into trouble if his eyes dry up, we too, get into trouble when our eyes dry up and we lose our compassion and burden for others.
II Corinthians 4:17-18, “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” James 1:3-4, “Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” I Peter 1:7, “That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ”. Just as the storm gives the eagle a larger view of the land and enables him to see more, your trials can give you a larger view and perspective about your life. When you are going through a storm, you tend to be more teachable, looking for answers and guidance. You also find out those who are close friends and those who are not.
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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