To Soar As An Eagle: Devotion

23rd August 2011 by Bill Davis
Did you know that an eagle can’t fly? At least that is what I was told. They can’t fly because their wings are so long and heavy, that their bodies couldn’t stand the strain long enough for them to fly. If they had to actually fly, they would soon die. They don’t fly, they soar. They flap their wings only a few times and then follow the wind drafts or currents to soar as their body rest. Much is like us with God. If we try to live life on our own, we soon grow discouraged, tired and eventually die. But with God, He gives us strength and comfort. Isaiah 40:29 &31; “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” If we will but ask Him, He will never let us die; but give us eternal life. John 3:36; “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.” Do you believe in God? I mean…do you really believe in God? If so, do you want His wrath upon you? I loved my earthy father greatly. I also respected (feared) him. I knew by his life what was right and wrong, I just needed the strength to do it.
Contrary to popular belief, the eagle really doesn’t throw the baby eagles out of the nest to fly on their own. What they do, is first fly all around the nest teaching the babies how to live, I mean fly, by example. When the young try, many are successful but some fail and fall to the ground. Yes, some of those die right where they fell, but others survive. They just can’t fly. The parents stay with them, encouraging them until they can fly. Hebrews 13:5b; “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Surely the surviving eagles will learn to hunt on their own, but their parents once again “live by example”. The young eagles watch their parents hunt and they, likewise, learn to hunt. Are their young eagles that refuse to learn from their parents? Sure. Some of these go on to live great “eagle” lives, but some flounder and perhaps even die (spiritually???). Maybe you don’t feel you need those around you. Maybe not even your Pastor or Parents, but God gave them to you to learn from. Learn by their mistakes or learn by their example. I am sure they have done something right!
Bill Davis  

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