It’s rather easy to spot this majestic bird, with its white head, brown body, and hooked yellow beak. We know it as Haliaeetus leucocephalus, or the bald eagle, our national symbolic bird since 1782. The average 7ft. wing span, and weighing an average of 7-15 lbs., this bird is one of the largest raptors in the world. It feasts on fish, ducks, snakes, and turtles. The eagle can fly up to 10,000 ft in the air. It can soar for hours using the thermal currents, and can cruise around about 40 mph. In this way, this bird of prey, seems, at least to a commoner like myself, indefatigable.
What you observe in the eagle’s flight is a great spiritual metaphor for the tenacious, tireless, determined and unwavering grace of God. We humans can’t soar like this eagle. We often wish we could. Yet God, who does not grow weary or tired, offers us something more than just human will, or human resolve, or human tenaciousness. God, the Creator, pursues us relentlessly with indefatigable persistence, because He loves us. The very idea of Jesus coming to be the Savior of mankind is wrapped up in the concept of wanting us to soar.
I’m not making this up. Listen to God speak to His family through the ancient prophet Isaiah.
Lift up your eyes on high and see who has created these stars, The One who leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name; because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power, not one of them is missing.
Why do you say, O Jacob, and assert, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the LORD, and the justice due me escapes the notice of my God?”
Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable.
He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might He increases power.
Though youths grow weary and tired, and vigorous young men stumble badly, yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.
Why would God make this fantastic promise? Why would God reveal Himself as powerful enough to make us soar, then keep us locked and bound to planet earth? What provision did God make to allow this promise to come true for us? I’m glad you asked.
2 Corinthians 1:20
For as many as are the promises of God, in Him (Jesus) they are yes; therefore also through Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us.
If the God that Isaiah heard was never tired or weary, and the claims of Jesus to be God the Son are true… then this ancient yet enduring promise is indefatigable… and it is always “YES!” in Jesus.
I want to fly… do you?!!
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