Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Wednesday Devotion: On Wings of Eagles

On Wings of Eagles    
     But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31

     The founders of the United States of America wanted a national bird that would represent the country. In 1782 they chose the bald eagle, although some, like Benjamin Franklin, wanted the turkey as the national bird. The bald eagle, is not really bald, but has short white feathers on its head. It's thought "bald" might be from the English word, "balde," which meant white. With wide wings, this bird of prey soars high in the sky symbolizing courage, majesty, freedom and long life. Adopted officially in 1787 as the national bird, the eagle appears on the seal of the United States and on many coins.
      It's no wonder that Isaiah chose to use the eagle as an illustration of what happens when you put your trust in the Lord. With God, you can soar high on wings like eagles. Sometimes life is tough, and you might not feel like you're soaring. It might seem more like you're crawling! It's easy to get discouraged or to feel like giving up, that's normal. But God is mighty and powerful, and he's able to handle all your problems. He doesn't want you to be held back by discouragement, failure, sadness or fear. He wants to give you strength and courage to meet your challenges. Whether you're facing a difficult school assignment, dealing with relationship problems or struggling in your Christian life, God wants you to turn to him. Ask for guidance and be sensitive to him speaking to your heart.
     When you trust God and follow his leading, you'll soar above life's difficulties just as an eagle soars high above land. Think about the eagle today and decide that you will let God help you rise on wings like eagles as you listen to him and seek to do the things he wants you to do.

     Find three interesting facts about eagles using the Internet, book or encyclopedia. Why do you think Isaiah used the example of an eagle, not a different bird? How does the eagle symbolize your faith walk with God?

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