Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Spiritual Eagles


A preacher in my church preached this message last year, and I took some of what he preached and some of my own thoughts and put them together.
Isaiah 40:31
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
He spoke on the warm air currents and thermals on which the eagle finds to help them soar, so they don't have to keep flapping their wings frantically. I never really studied much on birds and so I read a little about it when I got home and found this:
For help soaring, the American bald eagle uses thermals. Thermals are currents of hot air and updrafts created by the terrain. Soaring is done with little wing flapping, which helps an eagle to conserve energy. An eagle accomplishes long flights by climbing high in currents of warm air, and then glide down to catch the next currents of warm air, in which the process is repeated.
  • Taken from thinkquest
We see in the scripture above that it says those that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. That word strength also meaning power. Next it says mount "up" with wings as eagles. The hebrew definition for up is to go up, ascend or climb. It is almost interchangeable with soar, which means also to ascend and rise up. So just as the eagle uses those thermals to soar, we as Christians can be "spiritual eagles" and soar on Christ's power! Meaning that Christ's power is our thermals, what keeps us soaring. He ends the verse saying "they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."

I've seen lately in my own life I have let things get me down and I was frantically flapping my wings, so to speak, and not soaring. The message really touched my heart and caused me to want to mount up as a spiritual eagle in Christ. I want to soar! I don't want a mediocre experience in God. All I have to do is wait upon the Lord!

That reminds me of a message that another associate Pastor preached, about "Waiting on God." Sometimes it is hard to wait. But thanks be unto God, God is always on time!

So to encourage others, I can say let us do as the message was preached today: Let us be "Spiritual Eagles!" Let us soar on Christ's power!

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