He will renew our strength!

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. Isa 40:31

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It is my opinion that there is nothing more beautiful than an eagle in flight. One can see its strength in its wingspan. Its grace flows from its beak to the tip of its tail feathers. (View this video of an eagle in flight.) One cannot describe the sound that its wings are making as it takes and maintains its flight path in the sky. If I look closely, the shape of its body resembles the humility demonstrated in the bowed head of a person who is praying before “The Almighty.” The Hebrew word for “mount up” is “allah“. It means “to go up, ascend, or go over a boundary.” [1]

Characteristics of an eagle.

  1. It waits patiently before it attacks, it is not at all weary while it is waiting. An eagle will circle its prey until the perfect time to pounce! It never wastes its time bouncing back and forth on its prey. It knows that if it does that it will give the prey time to get away. Can we learn that very same lesson ourselves? We live in a day and age when everyone expects, actually demands instant – manifestations – or answers to our prayers. Do not misunderstand me! I know that when we pray God answers instantly. How do I know that? Daniel’s prayer!

 

20 And whiles I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the Lord my God for the holy mountain of my God;21 Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation.22 And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding.23 At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth, and I am come to shew thee; for thou art greatly beloved: therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision. Dan 9:20-23 KJV

We must remember that the God we serve today is the same God of the Old and New Testament. Paul prayed, Peter, prayed, the Apostles prayed and their prayers were answered! In 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 Paul prayed for the “thorn in his flesh to be removed. God answered Him with an answer He did not expect, but he accepted it.

And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.For this thing, I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly, therefore, will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

The question then is am I willing to accept an answer from God that says “Wait?” The healing may not come until I receive my immortal body, but it will come.  Today Christians are learning not to lose heart and to wait patiently on their Lord  “We do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day” (2 Corinthians 4:16 ESV).

2. Wings of Strength and Protection It never faints while in flight: In Exodus 19:4 our Heavenly Father declared to His children Israel

“You have seen what I did to the Egyptians. You know how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.”

He protected them throughout the plagues. He brought them to Himself in the wilderness and gave them His word, His promise of provision and protection. However, they chose to live by sight and not by faith. Read the entire book of Exodus to grasp how many times they disbelieved His awesomeness. They tested His grace, mercy, kindness, and faithfulness to Him over and over again. Their grumbling did not change God’s character.

The eagle’s babies are dependent on their parents. They never question when and or if they will eat. They do not worry about their safety. They trust in and rely on their parents.

So trust in the Lord my dear friend. Run this race with patience and know that He will renew your strength. Your faith is stronger than the wings of an eagle. Your faithfulness in the Lord should never grow weary. Walk in the strength of the Lord and do not faith for He is with you.  If you become weary and or are growing faint do not grieve, do not be embarrassed, and do not give up! We are here to walk right beside you! If you need to talk to someone to receive the “iron sharpens iron” experience, then just contact us. That is what we are here for. Grace and peace to you and yours.

Notes

[1] Retrieved from https://www.gotquestions.org/mount-up-with-wings-like-eagles.html, retrieved, March 8, 2018.

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