Isaiah 40:27-31 (NIV) Why do you complain, Jacob? Why do you say, Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord; my cause is disregarded by my God”? 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.
The eagle seems to soar effortlessly above the earth circling the clouds with only occasional flapping of its massive wings. It is a wonder if can carry its’ weight in the sky let alone prey its size or greater sometimes. Yet it does all by God’s Design as an example to us! There are qualities of the eagle that make it unique and serve as a constant reminder that God has designed us to soar on wings like eagles yet so often we stay landlocked with chickens, ducks and turkeys. Scratching the ground for something to eat, relying on others for a few sparse seeds of hope, or confined in a bondage never intended for us. God is ready to set us free. His Word says, “Who the Son sets free is free indeed” and “where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty.” The eagle does not dwell among other birds. It doesn’t even travel in a flock but chooses a single course of action and only one mate. The eagle prefers the heights and even makes its nests in the crevices of mountains if available. The regal eagle knows its identity and what it is created for – oh if only we could learn from his stellar example.
But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles… The image of an eagle soaring in the air utilizing the wind current and allowing the airstream to carry it along. Oh the hope who are able to trust the Lord who will renew their strength. Those are the ones who will run and not grow weary in the race of faith. They are the same who will walk and not faint in this lifetime of endurance. How often verses and scriptures are quoted yet we do not have a clue of how it works or what it means. Everyone grows tired, weak and weary. It is just part of life. Those who know how to rest will continue in the journey. Those who are aware of their limitations will find new strength. Those who have a Source of Life will finish strong and claim entrance to eternity. Lord, let that be me.
Why do you complain, Jacob? Why do you say, Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord; my cause is disregarded by my God”? 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. Too many times, people are after the Hand of God and never know His Heart. The Heart of God is for you. He is a Good Father. Far too impressive to ever allow us to settle for less than His Standard, or offer a substitute in place of His Best. Our complaints do not hinder the work of God but rather us instead. Our grumbling is only a sign of weakness that the Lord seeks to satisfy with strength. Until our voice is silenced, it is very difficult to hear the Voice of God. Today we must stop complaining and grumbling in our dissatisfaction to know and understand that God will do exactly as His Word said that he would. He will do it according to His Timing. It comes at the price of all of me poured out to be filled with all of Him. Christ in me is the very essence of hopeful fulfillment that never leads to disappointment.
Isaiah 55:8-11 (NIV) “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”
Eagles prefer the heights. The higher the better in fact. God’s Word reminds us today that His Thoughts are not our thoughts neither are His Way our ways. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are His Ways higher than our own. I wonder what might happen if for just a moment or even a day someone reached for God’s Perspective and embrace His Perception of life. To overcome fear, anxiety, worry and stress that land lock us due to doubt and attempt to trust Him for something new, better, or completely impossible. God’s Word cannot and will not return to Him void. It cannot leave without a return. It must accomplish what it was set forth to do. It is on a mission. Our belief or lack thereof does not in any way cause His Word to lack in any way. It is filled with purpose and potential to release a promise and remains until it does just that. Which means that until I am ready to receive it – it still remains in the atmosphere. Think about the promises that you have given up on because they seemed unattainable. Those dreams dead and buried are really only sleeping. It is time to wake them up.
Philippians 2:112-16 (NIV) Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain.
I was tending to my little succulent garden which I treat almost as children. The only plants that I have ever managed to keep alive. One of them was looking a bit wilted and as I touched it fell over in the pot. On closer inspection, the roots of the plant were never buried deep enough to take root. For a moment, I thought about pulling it and discarding it. Instead, I dug a deeper hole and planted it more firmly adding just a little bit of water. I am going to give it another chance. I have needed so many second, third and more chances in this life – had to pay it forward to my little cactus friend sitting in my dining room. God loves us so much that even in His Consummate and Uncompromised Perfection chooses to love and pursue rebellious and prideful children to the depths of the earth. He does not lower His Standard of Living and will not compromise His Word for us but He will wait for us to choose better, look up and pursue the heights with Him. He tenderly and lovingly plants us back in a firm foundation of faith and waters our fertile heart in His Love, Kindness, Goodness and Grace then more Grace. He knows us inside out. He knows our pitfalls but continually focuses on our potential. He has given us His Son to provide access to Him. He has given us His Spirit to carry us higher than ever thought possible. Will you seek the God who is higher than us? Those who do will mount up on wings as eagles and be carried by His Strength.
Psalm 91:1-4 (NIV) Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.