On Eagles' Wings

Long before the Boeing 747, there was the eagle–
soaring to altitudes of 2,400 feet on a seven-foot wing span,
capable of carrying close to its own twelve-pound body weight,
suspended by over 1,250 feathers on each wing.

At the foot of Mount Sinai, God told Israel,

“You have seen what I did to the Egyptians,
and how I bore you on eagles’ wings,
and brought you to Myself” (Exodus 19:4)

–over two million individuals,
delivered from a military superpower
by ten blows against their gods and the parting of the Red Sea.

“On eagles’ wings,” God said–not just one eagle, but “on the wings of eagles.”

Are your circumstances pressing you down,
making it hard to walk through life, let alone feel a lift?
Have you been trying to “pick yourself up by your own bootstraps,”
tightening up your courage and stretching out your mind for new plans and hopes?

Listen to the Lord:

“Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
and the young men shall utterly fall” (Isaiah 40:30).

And if the young men fall, then all shall fall.
Indeed, there is “an end of all perfection” (Psalm 119:96).
Even the best of men are men at best, as Alister Begg once said.

But the promise of God is:

“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;
they shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31).

Sometimes the most active step is to wait–
to wait expectantly for the Lord to act on your behalf,
but in His way, in His timing, and in His name.

Will you seek His face this week?  The wings of eagles await.


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