Water for the Thirsty
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Water for the Thirsty

Soar On Eagles Wings

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

4th September 2011

In a section of Scripture with the heading ‘Comfort for God’s People’ (in the NIV) Isaiah gives us some much needed encouragement:

‘Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint’. (Isaiah 40:28–31)

But, when you are experiencing the problems of suffering and adversity, or simply the tedium and monotony of daily living, is it really possible to ‘soar on wings like eagles’?

Can we really ‘run and not grow weary’, rising above the storms that sometimes come our way?

The prophet’s answer is ‘Yes’, because the Lord, who does not get weary, will strengthen and empower us.

Agur son of Jakeh was utterly amazed at the eagle flying in the sky. He says,

“There are three things that are too amazing for me, four that I do not understand: the way of an eagle in the sky…” (Proverbs 30:18–19)
(you’ll have to read to the end of verse 19 to find out the other 3 things that amazed him).

Why did the eagle amaze him?

One of the most important lessons we can learn from the eagle is that no matter how fierce the storm, the eagle’s safety depends on the tilt of its wings. When a storm strikes an eagle, the bird sets its wings in such a way that the air currents send it above the storm.

The stronger the storm, the higher the eagle rises.

It is not the wind but the tilt of the wings that makes the difference. The wings of the eagle enable it to cope with the strongest and stormiest of winds.

How is it we can soar on eagles’ wings above the storm?

Isaiah says it by placing our ‘hope in the LORD’.

And we can place our hope in the Lord because He is the eagles wings upon which we soar:

‘Then Moses went up to God, and the LORD called to him from the mountain and said, “This is what you are to say to the descendants of Jacob and what you are to tell the people of Israel: You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself’. (Exodus 19:3–4)

When are experiencing the problems of suffering and adversity, or the tedium and monotony of daily living, The Lord will come to us as He did to Jacob:

‘He found him out in the wilderness, in an empty, windswept wasteland. He threw his arms around him, lavished attention on him, guarding him as the apple of his eye. He was like an eagle hovering over its nest, overshadowing its young, Then spreading its wings, lifting them into the air, teaching them to fly’. (Deuteronomy 32:10–11 The Message)

The Lord will lift us above the storms on His wings and with Him we can soar.

Now that is comforting.

Have a good week on soaring on the Lords wings.

Pastor Barry

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