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January 11, 2017, 2:40 PM

Fly Like an Eagle


    I love the verse in Isaiah that tells me, “They shall mount up with wings as eagles.” I like it especially because it says our strength will be renewed, if our hope is found in Him!

I have to remind myself often that the Bible is loaded with stories about people who were, in themselves, at the bottom of the pile as far as personal strength was concerned. God is honored in showing strength through weakness.

    Moses was such a man. At 80 years old, he is commissioned by God to really get busy and go to work. I sometimes think at my “advanced age” how tired and worn out I feel.  But we know Moses “mounted up like an eagle for the task given him. When we read the whole passage we see the condition necessary for the renewal. Read some more; “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.”

    It’s a matter of where my trust is, where my hope is. It means, look to God for the solution to life’s issues. It’s about patiently waiting, in hope. God responds with renewal to people like that . . . He gives them strength and endurance.

     This renewal takes place first in the heart. God gives strength to those who want to depend on Him. But he also refuses to come to the aid of those who actually have no heart for depending on Him. With God, the heart is always first.

    When Malachi wrote of the priests of his day, he described them as tired, begrudging servants of God. When they offered the sacrifices, they “disdainfully sniffed,” a signal of boring, unmotivated service to God. And God despised them. They didn’t anticipate God’s involvement in their service to Him. They had long ago stopped hoping in God.

Tell me, should God be happy with such service to Him? Serve Him first with the heart fully looking to Him, and He will energize the body. Start with the affections and your body will “mount up like the eagle.”

    Years ago a product called Geritol was advertised on the black and white television screens of the United States. Geritol was a product for “iron poor, tired blood.” Well, a warm confidence in God will energize the body like that. It will “renew your strength.”

So, be encouraged. The task is not too daunting for those who want to serve Him. Your wings are not clipped as you thought, your legs are not wobbly—you can do His will only if you trust Him. Watch for His signals. Trust Him as if it is the most important in life, because it is and then, get ready to fly like an Eagle!

Philip


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