In Isaiah 40:31 the Word says Israel, an us by faith appropriation, can mount up or rise on wings like eagle’s wings. We have a hope in that it empowers us. We believe that we can rise above our circumstances, if only for a minute. We are lifted up.
If we are to mount up or rise on wings like eagles, why can’t we appropriate the other characteristics of the eagle? That is exactly what we have said here at Eagles Wings.
The referenced scripture text is
Isaiah 40:31 (ESV)
31 but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
Why does waiting on the LORD cause us to rise up on wings like eagles?
First of all, waiting does not mean sitting around doing nothing. It means to be bound up in or twisted up in. So first we are to be bound to the LORD or twisted up in Him. The tense of the Hebrew word for wait is imperfect. That means it began and will not be completed until sometime in the future. So we are to get bound up in the LORD and keep on being bound up until the end, whenever that is. I’d say we are to be bound until the end of time.
I now have the promise that if I am bound up in or twisted up in the LORD my strength will be renewed and I won’t get tired or weary.
How is that? I get tired. When you get tired or weary, He will renew your strength. He will bring your vitality back. So theoretically, you don’t get tired. You don’t stay tired. Mental and spiritual renew greatly aids physical renewal.
How then is He able to do this? He is God!
God ask Israel and now us in Isaiah 40:18.
Isaiah 40:22-25 (ESV)
22 It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to dwell in;
23 who brings princes to nothing, and makes the rulers of the earth as emptiness.
24 Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown, scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth, when he blows on them, and they wither, and the tempest carries them off like stubble.
25 To whom then will you compare me, that I should be like him? says the Holy One.
Job 38:2-4 (ESV)
2 “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?
3 Dress for action like a man; I will question you, and you make it known to me. 4 “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding.
And that has what to do with me?
This is He to whom I have bound myself.
If He has done and is all that
- Surely He can renew my strength.
- Surely He can cause me to or give me the ability to rise above my problems; above my fears; above other people’s drama; financial shortages; sickness and anything else we have to face.
One who can cause you to fly or one who keeps you scavenging on the ground?
If you have chosen to be an eagle rather than a pigeon, chicken or turkey, then remember the characteristics that you possess or have available to you. You have the God of gods, empowering you. And while you are being restored you are being carried on His wings.
That’s why I can fly. Are you ready to fly? MOUNT UP!
This is a portion of the sermon I delivered on September 28th at Eagles Wings Christian Church