Key Scripture: Isaiah 40:31 -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.
Eagles are very interesting creatures. They have several characteristics that are worth emulating. Some of these include beauty, strength, vision, boldness and many others. In fact, the eagle is so revered that it is one of the symbols of the United States and is engraved on their national seal. I believe that there are several characteristics that God would like us to apply in our own lives but for the purposes of this devotional, we will focus on how eagles handle storms.
Eagles have the ability to detect storms long before they actually break. It is even more remarkable to note that upon detecting a storm, rather than attempt to escape it like most other birds or animals will do, eagles position themselves to take advantage of the incoming winds that will eventually lift them above the storm. I believe there is a remarkable lesson for us Christians here because although the eagle does not escape the storm per say, it does use the storm to rise to a higher level. In the same way, when the storms of life come and come they will, rather than tuck our tails between our legs and run helter skelter, we can use the winds of the storm to rise to a higher level of faith in God. In essence, adversity should serve as a fuel for our faith. We can overcome life’s storms or adversities by allowing our faith to act as a conduit for God’s power to lift us up above our current situation. Notice that the eagle relies on the wind to soar above the storm because it would be physically impossible for it to do so on its own. Likewise, we should depend on God’s power and not our own abilities to lift us above the storm by positioning ourselves like the eagle. In a sense, the eagle understands how best to take advantage of a storm. It uses the storm as an ally rather than view it as an enemy. Paul had a similar view of life’s storms in 2 Corinthians 4:17 –
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. James also had a similar understanding of how best to take advantage of life’s storms in James 1:2-3 – Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Paul also reinforces this point in his letter to the Thessalonians in 2 Thessalonians 1:4 – Therefore, among God’s churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring. Once again, Paul reiterates the importance of keeping a cool head through a storm in 2 Timothy 4:5 – But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.
We come full circle and return to our key scripture in Isaiah 40:31 –
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. Strength is required for us to be able to soar above life’s storms and the birthplace of such supernatural strength is an unflinching hope in the LORD. Life’s storms can leave us weary and faint but the scripture clearly tells us that when God is our source of hope and strength then we will soar like eagles. How many of us are short-changing ourselves by being comfortable in a chicken battery farm, cowering in fear and huddled together in unified cowardice when God has designed us to soar like eagles and reach new heights in our faith. I don’t know about you but I want to run the race of life and not grow weary and walk with God and not be faint. Let’s all endeavour to renew our supernatural strengths by fixing our eyes on God regardless of the brewing storms of life and rise above our current situations into new heights of faith. We are over-comers in Christ Jesus and with God’s power there is no storm strong enough to hold us down in fear.