Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Daily Devotion: STRESS

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

When I talk with people about stress much, not all, is self-induced. Adam’s and Eve’s stress was self-induced, as was Abraham’s in Genesis 12, along with Cain’s in Genesis 4, as was Uzziah’s in II Chronicles 26.

How can one overcome the self-induced trials of stress? Consider the eagle.

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 can not 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 sidewards, traveling for miles with very little exertion of strength.

Don’t be under stress – be under the influence of the Holy Spirit. It’s a lot less stressful.

What to do:

✞ Wait upon the Lord (Isaiah 40:31).

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