“But those who wait on the Lord (those who expect, look for and set their hope in Him) shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles (they will have the strength to live above their circumstances), they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint”. (They will not grow tired in their faith).”
Upon looking into this verse, I’ve noticed that God comparing the Christian into an eagle. Why God chose to compared Christian in an eagle? Why eagle? I beginning to understand these comparison when I started to study the characteristics of an eagle.
Do we know that 32 times in scripture that the eagle was use as an example of the Christian life?
Let us all study the Isaiah 40:31 and the characteristics of an eagle.
“But those who wait on the Lord (those who expect, look for and set their hope in Him) shall renew their strength;
- Waiting -“attend to, to wait upon”. In hebrew word Qu-vah (Kaw-Vaw) which means “to wait, to look for, to expect, to wait eagerly, to look”
We are encountering different kinds of problems:
- Life management issues—-marital and couples conflicts, sexual and intimacy issues, parenting skills, social and relationship issues, financial issues (credit problems, debt collections, loss of income, budgeting, and conflict over money.); legal problems; fear and anxiety over medical conditions; eldercare issues and caregiver stress; loss of a loved one and bereavement/grief issues; landlord-tenant issues, homelessness or threatened homelessness; personal relationship and peer conflicts, domestic/partner abuse, and victimization.
- Emotional problems and mental health issues—-depression, anxiety, medication management issues for psychiatric conditions, eating disorders and compulsive eating, social issues and relationship problems, adult child-parent relationship issues, and parenting concerns over teenagers.
- Alcohol and drug-related problems—-alcohol-related problems, drug-use problems and drug addiction, family members affected by the drug or alcohol use of another family member, relapse issues or maintaining or re-establishing an abstinence program and/or program of recovery from addiction and codependency; teenage substance abuse.
- Job-related problems—-getting to work on time, coworker conflicts, issues in working with your supervisor, performance concerns, career counseling, difficulties making decisions, stress, exhaustion, work pressures, being affected by downsizing, pre-retirement planning and related concerns, difficulties of a new position.
Those are the problems that we are encountering. But God said, when we wait (trust, hope) in the Lord, our strength will renew. We will mount up with wings like eagles, we will run and not be weary, and we will walk and not faint. That is a promise from God.
The Bible says, “For the joy of the Lord is your strength”(Neh. 8:10)
Characteristics of an eagle
When baby eagle is born her home is a very soft, secure, cozy nest, high up in a secure place. Mamma and Papa are very good parents, and they make the nest as comfortable as
possible for their little one. And there the eaglet happily grows until it reaches 80% of its full body size and weight by three months. The Bald Eagle is 29 to 42 inches long, can weigh 7 to 15 pounds, and have a wing span of 6 to 8 feet.
While baby eagle is safely tucked in the nest, getting stronger and growing bigger, Mamma and Papa soar and hover over her, showing her what eagles are meant to do. But with such a comfortable nest, baby eagle is content to be a freeloader and just let mom and dad take care of her.
But one day Mamma and Papa start behaving very strangely. They don’t bring any goodies to eat, but instead they start grabbing hunks of the comfortable down in the nest and dropping it over the side. Little by little, they take away all the warm, soft lining until finally the baby eagle is left in that very uncomfortable, sticky, prickly nest. Why do they do this? Because the eaglet will never fly and soar as long as her nest is feathered—and an eagle is born to soar.
Is your nest being stirred up these days? Did you ever think that maybe your heavenly Father is trying to teach you how to soar? Deuteronomy 32:11: “Like an eagle that stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, that spreads its wings to catch them and carries them on its pinions.”
If you’ve been born from above, you were born to soar like an eagle. As we saw, baby eagle is allowed to stay in her warm, high nest until she is about three months old and has developed her wings. Then Mamma and Papa start to teach that baby what her destiny is—how to soar. First they remove all the soft lining from her nest, then Mamma picks her up and puts her on a precipice, out of her warm, safe nest.
Finally, Mamma eagle does something that seems so cruel to baby eagle. She grabs her with her huge talons and she puts that baby on the edge of a precipice. This upsets baby eagle no end. She is scared to death, as she looks down below.
But Mamma and Papa pay no attention to the baby’s cries for help, because they know it’s time she learns to soar. She was born to soar, but she doesn’t know it yet. They’ve got to show her what her destiny is.
While Mamma is maneuvering baby eagle to the edge, Papa eagle begins circling overhead, watching carefully everything that is happening. Then suddenly, without warning Mamma eagle pushes the baby over the edge.
This begins a free-fall and baby eagle is totally helpless.
It appears that she is doomed to be dashed on the rocks below, and she is totally bewildered as to why Mamma would do this to her.
Papa, hovering over head, never takes his eyes off of her, and with perfect timing he swoops down with incredible speed and spreads his huge wings beneath that baby eagle before it is dashed to death below. You see, an eaglet cannot fall faster than her father can fly.
Are you in a free fall? Do you feel as though you’re going to be dashed against the rocks and destroyed? I want you to remember that your Heavenly Father is hovering over you, watching you every minute, and I want to absolutely assure you that your heavenly Father can fly faster than you can fall.
This process is repeated time and again until that baby eagle realizes that by spreading her wings and catching the wind current, she can soar like Mamma and Papa.
God wants you to know the joy and freedom of soaring, and once you get the gist of it, you won’t ever settle for anything else. It may sometimes seem like a painful flying lesson, but you don’t want to miss the joy of soaring. Remember that the eagle rides the air currents while the other birds are flapping their wings. She flies effortlessly, because she learns how to soar on the wind. And as God’s eagle, you don’t have to flap your wings. If you will, by faith, spread out those eagles’ wings, they will carry you on God’s Wind, His Spirit.
1 Thessalonians 5:24: “The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.”
Eagles—the Bible tells us in several passages that we are to soar like eagles. We’re not supposed to squawk like chickens, or gobble like turkeys, or twirp like canaries. We’re supposed to soar, so we’ve been learning how eagles learn to soar.
It can be a painful process, as that young eagle has to be pushed off a high precipice and start a disastrous downfall. But Papa eagle is always hovering over her, and he never allows her to be dashed against the rocks below, because Papa eagle can fly faster than baby eagle can fall.
Doesn’t that encourage your heart—to know that your heavenly Father will never allow you to be dashed against the stones, because He can fly faster than you can fall.
|Eagle when being chased by an enemy
Eye of the eagle – The eagle eye is among the strongest in the animal kingdom, with an eyesight estimated at 4 to 8 times stronger than that of the average human. An eagle is said to be able to spot a rabbit 2 miles (3.2 km) away. Although an eagle may only weigh 10 pounds (4.5 kg), its eyes are roughly the same size as those of a human. As the eagle descends from the sky to attack its prey, the muscles in the eyes continuously adjust the curvature of the eyeballs to maintain sharp focus and accurate perception throughout the approach and attack.(wikepedia)
Well, unlike any other bird, the eagle has two sets of eyelids, and one works like sunglasses. Therefore, the eagle can fly directly into the sun when a predator bird is in hot pursuit. As soon as the eagle flies into the sun, using its special sunglass eyelids, then the enemy bird is blinded by the sun and loses the eagle in the blinding light of the sun.
What a beautiful reminder that is to us of how we can escape our enemies. You are aware that you have an enemy of your soul, satan and his demons, who are dedicated to keeping you from soaring. They know you’re God’s eagle, but they don’t want you to soar because when you soar, you are effective for Jesus. So, that enemy will come after you in various ways—through discouragement, through failure, through sin in your life, by convincing you that you’ll never be able to soar. Is that where you are?
All you have to do is fly right into the Son of God, get as close to Him as you can, stay in first love with Him, and don’t take your eyes off of Him. Your enemy is blinded by the righteousness of the Son of God, and when you stay close to Jesus, you can escape the temptations and the flaming arrows of the evil one.
One of the most astonishing characteristics about eagle is the molting process they go through.The life span of an eagle is 70 years.
At the age of 40 years or mid-life, eagles experience this unusual chemical change in their bodies, and the time of molting begins.
The eagle will seek out a secluded valley and sit for hours and days there with her head down. One by one she starts to lose her feathers. Her talons become brittle from digging in the dirt.
She loses weight; she can no longer soar. Hope is dead; her strength is gone.
Suddenly she hears familiar sounds above her. Slowly she raises her head and sees that her fellow eagles are there flying in formation above her. They begin to drop food all around this lifeless eagle in the valley. When the forlorn eagle starts to eat, she gets stronger. Gradually her feathers comes back to make it fly dynamically and royally again without much effort or toil. Likewise, we take of our old man of soulish self after a season of flying in faith and wait in the presence of the Lord to make us rise up with the new feathers of faith from the new man by renewing our minds with the word of God.
Eagles are the only birds that loves the storm. When all other birds try to flee from the storm and hide itself from the fierceness of it, eagles fly in to it and will use the wind of the storm to rise higher in a fraction of seconds. It uses the pressure of the storm to glide higher without using its own energy. It is able to do this because God has created it uniquely with an ability to lock its wings in a fixed position, in the midst of the fierce storm winds. After a certain period of experiencing storms face to face, the eagles love to play in the storms.
The storms in life that we as God’s royal eagles face are trials, tribulations and temptations (John 16:33; James 1:12). As we face the stormy wind of afflictions in life, the Holy Spirit helps us lock our mind in a fixed position with the grace of God through faith in the finished work of the Cross, which helps us not to spend our energy but just stay in the storm and enjoy the lift and height of heavenly mindedness in a greater and greater altitude (1 Cor 10:13; Eph 6:16; 1 Peter 5:9-10; Phil 4:7).
After a period of time we start to love the trials because of the positive things of peace that we are able to experience in the storm and the heavenly after effects of being lifted in to great height of spirituality and ecstacy in believing (1 Peter 1:8), which would not have been possible without it. This is the reason Apostle James said, “2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing” (James 1:2-4).
We as a person of royalty need to take a quality decision of accepting trials willingly with joy because it lifts us in to higher altitude of spirituality without us wasting even an ounce of energy. After we start to use all the manuveres in the midst of stroms, we will surely say, “Bring it on with a stout chest and our head held high”.
This is what the Scriptures means when it says that believers mount up with wings as eagles.
God will us up above the storms and cares of this world, and lift us above all the problems and attacks of the enemy by the power of the Spirit of God. Like eagles, we should learn to ride on the current of the Holy Spirit, instead of relying on our own strength
“…they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint”. (They will not grow tired in their faith).”
Eagles builds their nest in their high place, their soar higher.
The high places are where we are refreshed.
If you need strength
If you need healing
If you need peace
Wait on the Lord and he will renew your strength!
The Bible says, “Be not weary in well doing, but ye shall reap, if ye faint not” (Gal. 6:9). The word weary means to “be beaten down.” Notice the Word says not to be weary in well doing.
God wants us to see the whole picture. We shall reap (divine promise), if we faint not. To faint means to “loose heart.” Don’t loose heart! Don’t give up!
Go to the High Places!
God chose to compare believers to the Eagle. Eagles are born to live in the High Places. All believers are born to be overcomes – You were made for the high places.
TO GOD BE THE GLORY