Sunday, August 11, 2019
Daily Devotion: Eagle’s Wings
Bible Reading: Isaiah 40:18-31
Key Verse: Verse 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.”
Key Words: they shall mount up with wings as eagles
In Isaiah 40, we are told that by waiting on the Lord, we will mount on wings like eagles. Eagles are majestic birds with remarkable vision. Scientists believe their vision may be eight times sharper than that of humans. They have powerful feet with talons that can grip like a vise. Their beaks are butcher-like, designed to cut and crush and tear their food.
But most of all, eagles are built for flying. They have incredible speed, able to fly at sixty and eighty and one hundred miles an hour. They can do rolls and loops like an airplane doing tricks. Their wingspan extends to nearly eight feet.
But eagles do not fly like sparrows or robins. Most birds fly through the air by flapping their wings, but eagles cannot flap very long. They’re built for soaring, and thus they can go much further on little energy.
God created our planet with invisible columns of hot air called thermals rising up here and there from the surface of the earth. Eagles find these thermals, fly into the invisible currents, stretch out their wings, and are lifted higher and higher into the sky as though ascending on an elevator.
They may rise as high as fourteen thousand feet, so high in the heavens they cannot be seen with the naked eye from earth.
When they reach those heights, they emerge from the updraft, wings still spread, and they soar this way and that way, downwards and sideways, traveling for miles with very little exertion of strength.
Isaiah seems to be telling us that God is invisible, but like the invisible uplifting thermal currents of this planet, He is present for His people. When we search Him out, claim His promises and trust in Him, spreading out the wings of faith, we are caught up to a higher plane. We mount up with wings like eagles. We can run and not grow weary. We can walk and not faint.
The strength we need for holy, effective, victorious living comes not from frantically flapping our wings like sparrows in distress, but from trusting in God and resting in Jesus Christ.
What to do:
✞ Remember, you’re not built for flapping but for soaring.
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