Isaiah 40:31 - Are You Soaring Or Striving?

Isaiah 40:31: Are You Soaring Or Striving?

Isaiah 40:31 (NKJV) 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.  


   Don't you love the way today's Scripture describes eagles and 
the way they soar? Author Ben Patterson once wrote, "As birds go, 
eagles' wings are big, but the muscles that make them flap aren't. Pound 
for pound, an eagle's strength is no match for the strength of a 
hummingbird. The strength of eagles is not in their flapping but in their 
soaring." An eagle will perch on the edge of a canyon and then cast itself 
down into the abyss. With wings outstretched, it will then find the 
warm updraft from the depths below - an updraft on which it will 
circle and soar until it rises far above the canyon's rim. In today's 
Scripture, the prophet Isaiah says that those who trust in the Lord will 
soar on eagles' wings. May we Christians be known, not for all our 
frantic flapping, but for casting ourselves into the unknown and soaring 
upward on the wings of the Spirit. 
   Father God, I've done enough frantic flapping for a lifetime 
- trying so hard to do Your will and make things happen in my own 
strength and energy. How foolish I have been! I know I need to cast 
myself on You in faith before I will find those beautiful updrafts that 
lift me higher and higher. [A Spectacle of Glory by Joni Eareckson 
Tada and Larry Libby] 


   The Hebrew slaves waited for generations for deliverance from 
their Egyptian taskmasters The faithful children of Israel waited 
even longer for the Messiah You are undoubtedly waiting on the 
Lord to answer a yet-unanswered prayer And all of us are waiting 
for Jesus' second coming as the glorious Victor over sin and 
death... Waiting on the Lord is an act of faith. After all, when 
circumstances bear down on us, were tempted to grow impatient and orchestrate 
our own relief effort. Yet sometimes there really is nothing we can 
do. But God is at work in us as well as in our circumstances as we 
wait. He is concerned about the people we become as we wait on Him. 
   If you tenaciously trust the Lord, He will renew your spirit 
and strengthen you for any challenge. 
   This comforting truth God shared with the children of Israel 
is for you as well because their God is your God. 
   So wait in peace. [Being Still With God Every Day by Henry 


   I am able to do far beyond all that you ask or imagine. Come 
to Me with positive expectations, knowing that there is no limit to 
what I can accomplish. Ask My Spirit to control your mind, so that 
you can think great thoughts of Me. Do not be discouraged by the 
fact that many of your prayers are yet unanswered. Time is a trainer, 
teaching you to wait upon Me, to trust Me in the dark. The more extreme 
your circumstances, the more likely you are to see My Power and Glory 
at work in the situation. Instead of letting difficulties draw you 
into worrying, try to view them as setting the scene for My glorious 
intervention. Keep your eyes and your mind wide open to all that I am doing in 
your life. 
   Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we 
ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to 
him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all 
generations, for ever and ever! Amen. (Rom. 8:6; Isa. 40:30-31; Rev. 5:13) 
[Jesus Calling by Sarah Young] 

   Meet Me in early morning splendor. I eagerly await you here. 
In the stillness of this holy time with Me, I renew your strength 
and saturate you with Peace. While others turn over for extra sleep 
or anxiously tune in to the latest news, you commune with the 
Creator of the universe. I have awakened in your heart strong desire to 
know Me. This longing originated in Me, though it now burns brightly 
in you.  
   When you seek My Face in response to My Love-call, both of us 
are blessed. This is a deep mystery, designed more for your 
enjoyment than for your understanding. I am not a dour God who discourages 
pleasure. I delight in your enjoyment of everything that is true, noble, 
right, pure, lovely, admirable. Think on these things, and My Light in 
you will shine brighter day by day. (Isa. 40:31; 27:4; Phi. 4:8) 
[Jesus Calling by Sarah Young] 








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