Finding Strength In The Morning

Eagles are often seen as a symbol of strength and peace.  Our American heritage includes the likeness of eagles in our monies, flags and statues.  The Bible also uses the eagle analogy to encourage believers to "renew their strength in times of weakness."

Isaiah 40:28-31 (New International Version)

 28 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. 29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 but 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.

This passage promises us a few things:

  1. WE CAN FORGET: We take for granted the fact that God is everlasting.  He created us and knows exactly how we are wired. He even knows when we are weak.
  2. HE NEVER GETS TIRED:  There are times when people have drained my energy and to be quite honest I'm sure I've done the same to them.  It's great to know that God never gets tired of me, even amongst my shortcomings.
  3. WE CAN BE STRENGTHENED: I have had those days where it seemed like my strength was being zapped.  You know, a day where you are busy every minute but seem to be accomplishing nothing.  I can remember talking with God and saying, "God, You're going to have to take this from me."  I'm not asking Him to take one great burden but just the stress from everyday things.  There's no great cross to bear, just the daily grind.  Here is what I realized. The days I have where I feel like I accomplish nothing may just be the days where God accomplishes the most through me, quite frankly because I am moved out of the way.  Ironically, I can't take pride in accomplishing tasks when it's done in His strength instead of my own. That's hard for the old ego but great for His kingdom.  I would much rather people experience God's strength through me, rather than me on my own.
  4. FALLING IS PART OF THE PROCESS: Some of my greatest lessons have come at the expense of my pride and convenience.  It is in those weakest moments I feel God's arms supporting me the most.
  5. HOPE IS ALL WE HAVE TO HOLD ON TO:  Hope does not mean that we throw rocks up in the air and "hope" one doesn't hit us on the way back down.  Hope is about trusting that God will do what He says He will do.  What His word (The Bible) promises us.  Much like a surfer that paddles and waits for the right wave, we must position our lives in such a way to "expect" the wave of God's strength to come.  Hope is a verb not a noun.  It requires action and expectation.  God proves Himself to us everyday through hope.

I pray that you will find God's strength today.  God doesn't always take away our problems, but He surely can give us the strength to soar above them.  Peace be with you today and hold on to hope.

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