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The Strength Of The Eagle

Text:
Isaiah 40: 29-31

Memory Verse:
“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).

The Eagle is, no doubt, a fascinating bird – the way it moves in the sky, so gracefully and effortlessly; the manner in which it attacks its prey, swiftly, ferociously and so daring, even attacking animals that are bigger and heavier than it. No wonder the Preacher cited the way of the eagle in the air as one of the four things that are too wonderful for him to behold (Proverbs 30:18&19).

The Eagle has so many qualities that demonstrate the strength and power that God has used as a metaphor to portray His care for us. He is the God that bears us on eagles’ wings and takes us away from troubles that can easily overwhelm us (Exodus 19:4). He gives us wings to fly (Revelation 12:14), and renews our strength.

The Eagle is a wise bird that hibernates for six months plus on a high mountain, when it is growing old and can no longer fly as high or move as swiftly as before. There it renews its youth – removes its feathers, waits for it to grow back, prunes its overgrown talons and beaks until they become sharp and effective. In the same way God expects us to renew our strength by waiting on Him in
prayer and fasting, until we are recharged and refuelled.

A burnout Christian is like salt that has lost its savour and is no longer useful. Take time out to meet with the Lord as often as possible before the Word of God becomes meaningless to you.

Prayer Points:
1. Give me strength like an eagle, O God, to overcome the storms of life.
2. Lord, cause me to know when to take a break and go for a retreat.

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