“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” (Isaiah 40:31).
Yesterday, following our chaplain visit, we drove up to Hawk Mountain, one of the premier bird flyways on the east coast. Hawk Mountain is part of the Blue Mountain Ridge in the Appalachian Mountain chain, located in east-central Pennsylvania about 70 miles from our home. Due to the wind currents it is a prime spot for bird watching during migration. We took a very rigorous hike to reach the north lookout point which pretty much wore us out but it was worth the effort. We’re accustomed to trails that are well packed down but Hawk Mountain has rocky paths you must carefully navigate and at times climb to make your way to the top. We are both sure feeling it this morning!
Serious bird watchers staff the lookout points and keep a count of the birds. It was a bit more overcast yesterday than we would have preferred but they were still tallying birds of various types.
Of course like many we were especially hoping to see the eagles but we didn’t see any yesterday. We listened as the spotters identified the birds using their mega zoom binoculars. But birds, like “turkey vultures,” are really not that appealing. We want to see hawks and eagles! I did seek to contribute when I offered this observation, “I am pretty sure they’re not California Condors flying way out there”.On November 3 they have a program scheduled called “Eagle Day” and you will see both the Golden eagle and Bald eagle, courtesy of the Carbon County Environmental Education Center. For many years I have really liked eagles. I sure didn’t see them when I was a child growing up in the Kansas City area. We presently live several miles from the Susquehanna River where there are several eagle nests. Once in a while we actually spot a soaring eagle from our office window. So today let us consider the best known Scripture verse on eagles. Today’s message is especially for those who are weak and need strength. The daily Scripture text is among the first verses we committed to memory as young Christians in Bible College. It was a popular chorus at the time and really still should be since it’s merely singing the very words of Scripture. It has often been a source of encouragement and strength in my life.
They that wait upon the Lord
Shall renew their strength
They shall mount up with wings of eagles
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint
Isaiah 40 is recognized by many to be among the most powerful chapters of Scripture and in fact many secularists acknowledge the superb literary beauty of this passage.
The daily text is the final verse in this great chapter. What a promise! Read it slowly and aloud if you are able: “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength”. Isaiah, inspired by the Holy Spirit, wrote these words some 2,700 years ago. Yet the Word of God is living and active and presents unchangeable truth. God still gives strength to those who wait on Him.
It presents an essential key to personal renewal and strength – waiting on the Lord. We look back and recall when we accepted the Lord, first placing our hope and trust in Him. That’s wonderful. But this verse refers to an active, present tense sense of waiting, hoping and trusting in the Lord. The Amplified Bible is helpful in expressing the depth of the Hebrew word, “Those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him].”
The Full Life Study Bible makes this observation: “To hope in the Lord is to trust Him fully with our lives; it involves looking to Him as our source of help and grace in time of need. Those who hope in the Lord are promised:
2) The ability to rise above their difficulties like an eagle that soars in the sky; and
3) The ability to run spiritually without tiring and to walk steadily forward without fainting at God’s delays. God promises that if His people will patiently trust Him, He will provide whatever is needed to sustain them constantly.”
The image of a soaring eagle is used. “They shall mount up with wings as eagles.” Many have observed the ability of the eagle to soar above the storms and likewise through our hope we can soar above the storms of life.
Today we encourage you to place an active hope in the Lord. Undoubtedly many of you have serious matters you are waiting on. By God’s grace, as you wait on the Lord, may your strength be renewed and may you spiritually soar above the inevitable storms of life!
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber