Soaring With the Eagles:
“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, 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.” (Isaiah 40:28-31).
Have you ever seen the Energizer Bunny commercials, with the cute little pink bunny beating the drum that “Keeps going, and going, and going…?” I thought of that when I was reading today’s Scripture, and if I could use such a natural metaphor, I believe the Energizer Bunny is the perfect illustration of Isaiah 40:28-31. This Bible verse begins by talking about who God is – He is the Everlasting, Lord, Creator of the Earth. He doesn’t faint. He doesn’t get weary. He gives power to the weak. Then the Bible contrasts God with teenagers, and this is an interesting comparison here. The Bible says, “Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall.” Wow. Normally, when people talk about teenagers, they are seen as an example of strength, energy, and vitality. And yet, the Bible uses the strong vitality of youth to contrast our limited strength and energy with His unlimited strength and energy. It’s almost like the Bible is saying here, “You know those teenagers, with boundless energy and zest for life? Well, even the best of them will eventually wear out, but not Me. I the Lord never get weary.”
Well, how does this Bible verse encourage us? It’s good to learn something about the nature of God, but what is the practical application for us here? Let us consider the encouragement found in verse 31 of Isaiah 40. The prophet says that “those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength.” What does it mean to wait on the Lord? That word “wait” in the original Hebrew language is qavah, and an understanding of the meaning of this word WAIT will help us to apply this Scripture to our lives. This word qavah has two different meanings. The first meaning is to wait, look for, hope, expect. This makes me think of the Scripture in Psalm 63:1, “O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water.” When many people hear the word “wait” they often think of a passive sitting back kind of waiting, but this is not what the Bible is speaking of. It is an active seeking after, looking for, expecting to meet together with the Lord.
The second meaning is to collect, or bind together. This binding together describes what is done when someone braids a young girl’s hair – the two or three strands of hair are bound together. That’s what it means to wait on the Lord. Again, it doesn’t mean to sit back passively and wait for Him to show up, but to bind yourself together with Him intimately in prayer.
What will happen when we begin to wait, look for, hope, and expect the Lord in prayer? We “shall renew our strength; we shall mount up with wings like eagles, we shall run and not be weary, we shall walk and not faint. Jesus Himself said, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28). Come to Jesus in prayer, wait on the Lord – look for, hope, expect, and then bind yourself to Him. When you do, you’ll find in His rest a strength that will have you soaring with the eagles.
Pastor Chris Jordan