“But those who wait on 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.” (Isaiah 40:31)
In part 1 of this devotion, I compared the magnificent eagle with an annoying crow.
By the way…you don’t need to email me and taut the value of crows. I don’t like them. You can like them if you want to, but they annoy me. It is a matter of personal preference. We can still be friends…
There are a few more things I want to share with you today about the eagle. As I consider these characteristics, I understand why we are told in the Scripture to be like the eagle.
Eagles have excellent eyes. Their eyes are very strong and they are able to see long distances. As an eagle flies to the heights, I am told that he can see a rabbit 2 miles away!
I have a similar ability. I can see the HOT NOW sign at Krispy Kreme from a couple of miles away.
God makes our lives like the eagle. He gives us vicious of our days and our future and of His will for us. We can lift up our eyes to the everlasting hills and see the New Jerusalem and our King seated on His throne. God gives His people the ability to see the world through His eyes. We see sin as He sees it. We also see goodness, love, mercy, grace and truth as He sees it. We see the opportunities that He places in our lives. I pray God gives me eagle eyes!
The eagle also seems to have an innate desire to be free. Eagles never flock. They find the tallest trees in the woods, the top crag of the mountain. Pairs of eagles live in solitude. The eagle is an independent creature and I can’t imagine the eagle would be happy in a cage.
This is a parable to me of my relationship with Jesus Christ. As a believer, I was born to stand alone before God. My problem is SIN. Sin enslaves me and makes me unable to stand before God. However when I surrender my life to God through His Son Jesus Christ…I am able to truly be free.
Jesus said, “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” (John 8:36)
My greatest freedom came the day I surrendered my life to Jesus Christ and allowed Him to rule and reign in me. I am a slave to Christ. He lives His life in me and I am being conformed to His image so that one day, I can stand again before God…not in my own abilities but in the grace and mercy of the One who died for me.
Finally, eagles are known to live about 120 years. Every year, the eagle sheds some of its feathers and has the appearance of youth. Scientists say that when the eagle is 100 years old, he sheds all of his feathers and fresh ones come so that he looks completely young again.
God doesn’t promise that you and I will live for 120 years and still look like we are 29, but He does promise to renew our strength like that of our youth. By the Holy Spirit’s power, God restores and revives our lives and returns us to the days of our youth.
Paul said it this way in II Corinthians. “Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.” (II Cor. 4:16)
I don’t possess perpetual youth…but I do possess immortality. Because Jesus lives…I also live. Victor Hugo said, “Winter may be upon my head, but the eternal springtime is in my heart.”
As you and I live for Christ every day, He promises to renew our strength for service. When we wait upon the Lord (literally yielding ourselves fully and faithfully to Him)…He promises to renew us like the eagle.
Have a great day.