Written By Angelique Geeringh
The book of Isaiah is like a miniature Bible. The first 39 chapters (like the first 39 books of the Old Testament) are filled with judgement upon immoral and idolatrous men. However, the final 27 chapters (like the 27 books of the New Testament) declare a message of hope and salvation.
One of the most well-known scriptures out of Isaiah is Isaiah 40:31 (AMP).
'But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him]
Will gain new strength and renew their power;
They will lift up their wings [and rise up close to God] like eagles [rising toward the sun];
They will run and not become weary,
They will walk and not grow tired.'
The eagle is a truly majestic bird and has some unique characteristics that represent a pattern that we should try to emulate in our lives to truly reflect Jesus and the role he plays in our lives. This includes, amongst others, the following:
• The eagle is an excellent flier who vigorously flaps its wings to get where it wants to be, then uses the thermals of the air to soar. When we draw near to God and quietly wait on Him, then His Holy Spirit will be the 'wind beneath our wings', and we will soar almost effortlessly through any situation.
• Eagles have keen eyesight.
In the same way when we ask God to give us the overall image from above, the 'aerial view' will then offer us a better understanding of whatever difficulty we may be facing.
• The eagle is a master fisherman.
We should be the 'fishers of men' that Jesus has instructed us to be.
• Eagles live on higher ground.
Where and how we live in this world needs to be based on the moral code set out for us in the bible, so that without standing in judgement of others, we live good, honest, and upright lives, setting the right example.
• Eagles mate for life.
Making a lifetime commitment to the person we marry and ensuring that we keep God at the centre of our relationship, will always benefit any marriage.
Isaiah 40:31 is an amazing promise that God is faithful to renew our strength and all we to do to claim this promise is wait upon our awesome Father.
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