For the past few days, everything has seemed daunting. I feel like I'm climbing uphill in all that I do. I'm tired. I feel defeated at home and at work.
And then, early this morning I read these words and they brought such comfort...
"They that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint."
Yes, "they shall mount up with wings as eagles". You know what eagles' wings mean. The eagle is the king of birds, it soars the highest into the heavens. Believers are to live a heavenly life, in the very Presence and Love and Joy of God. They are to live where God lives; they need God's strength to rise there. To them that wait on Him it shall be given.
You know how the eagles' wings are obtained. Only in one way - by the eagle's birth. You are born of God. You have the eagle's wings. You may not have known it; you may not have used them; but God can and will teach you to use them.
You know how the eagles are taught the use of their wings. See yonder cliff rising a thousand feet out of the sea. See high up a ledge on the rock, where there is an eagle's nest with its treasure of two young eaglets. See the mother bird come and stir up her nest, and with her beak push the timid birds over the precipice. See how they flutter and fall and sink toward the depth. See now (Deut. 32:11) "how she fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings", and so, as they ride upon her wings, brings them to a place of safety. And so she does once and again, each time casting them out over the precipice, and then again taking and carrying them. "So the Lord alone did lead them." Yes, the instinct of that eagle mother was God's gift, a single ray of that love in which the Almighty trains His people to mount as on eagle's wings.
He stirs up your nest. He disappoints your hopes. He brings down your confidence. He makes you fear and tremble, as all your strength fails, and you feel utterly weary and helpless. And all the while He is spreading His strong wings for you to rest your weakness on, and offering His everlasting Creator-strength to work in you. And all He asks is that you should sink down in your weariness and wait on Him; and allow Him in His Jehovah-strength to carry as you ride upon the wings of His Omnipotence.
Dear child of God! I pray you, lift up your eyes, and behold your God! Listen to Him who saith that He fainteth not, neither is weary, who promiseth that you too shall not faint or be weary, who asketh nought but this one thing, that you should wait on Him. And let your answer be, With such a God, so mighty, so faithful, so tender,
"My soul, wait thou only upon God!"
-Andrew Murray, Waiting on God
After I read my bible in the morning, I read a portion from the great saints who have gone before us. I think of them as that "great cloud of witnesses" cheering us on from above. Their words encourage and inspire me in my daily walk. I hope this reading does the same for you, dear friend.
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