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Sermon 5/20/07
Isaiah 40:29-31 - Eaglets


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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 40:29-31)

Some years ago, Pastor Davie Copp introduced us to the wonderful world of “eaglets” and I’d like to share my version of his “eaglet” imagery with you. A portion of today’s Scripture is Isaiah 40:31, which says, if we “wait on the Lord, He (will) renew (our) strength; (we) shall mount up with wings like eagles, (we) shall run and not be weary, (we) shall walk and not faint.” Well, the fact is, most don’t feel strong in the Lord much of the time. We don’t "run" in the Spirit as well as we should; we do get "weary" in this fast-paced world, and when we attempt to “walk” in the Lord, we often “faint.” But let’s be “eaglets” for a few minutes. The little hatchlings in the nest are more like us than we know, and it will help us to catch a glimpse of the Lord’s way of dealing with His beloved children, through the person of “Mom.”

Let’s pretend we’re an eaglet named “Beaky.” There’s a sibling up here in the nest with us named “Flappy.” We’re talking to each other right now. You’re asking, “Hey Flappy, What’s wrong with Mom?” “Whadd’ya mean?” replies Flappy. “Well,” you continue, “we had this great nest, full of feathers and rabbit fur, and now most of the soft stuff is gone. There’s nothing left but sticks. And yesterday, I saw Mom throwing the last of the feathers over the edge.” Flappy nods, bobs up-and-down and agrees emphatically: there’s something wrong with Mom! Just at that moment, Mom swoops into the nest – Beaky and Flappy glance at each other, but don’t say a thing.

Suddenly, Mom takes Beaky up by the scruff of his feathery neck and --- throws him over the edge! Down goes Beaky. He squawks, “Helllllppp, Mommmma,” as he falls; little wings flapping all the time. Down, down into the abyss, 1000 feet and more. He longs for the discomfort of the nest of sticks and regrets criticizing Mom. Just then, Mom swoops down under him and Beaky lands secure on her shoulders. They rise high on a thermal draft and with another swoop, little Beaky is suddenly in the nest once more. Then it’s Flappy’s turn to be thrown over the edge and this keeps happening often, until one day, Beaky cautiously stretches out his little wings and catches the wind. He can fly!

There is maturity for us through the Holy Spirit of God, and yet like the prophets, disciples, apostles and ordinary people who have preceded us, we often need to be thrown out of our comfortable “nests” before that maturity happens. We've been studying the ministry of Jonah the Prophet, who ran from the will of God, and he was not unlike those in the church today. All too often we try to handle life ourselves instead of embracing the will of God. The fishermen, tax collectors, housewives and reformed prostitutes who were called “disciples” of Jesus, followed Him for three years and listened to Him, but often they did not understand. After the death and resurrection of Jesus, there came the wonder of the Holy Spirit of God, given to ordinary people like you and me, but after 2000 years of opportunity, very few have exhibited much in the way of “maturity” in their walk with the Lord.

God is not unlike that Momma eagle in relation to her eaglets. He, “the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary” (Isaiah 40:28). He has none of our limitations. He has all power, and “He gives (that) power to the weak;” people like you, people like me. When He said through the prophet Isaiah, “to those who have no might He increases strength” (Isaiah 40:29), He is speaking to us. Physically, we have been given a little strength; some more than others. Most can talk and walk to some degree, though not all can do those things. But the “strength” we need is not merely expressed through our physical bodies. We are to “mount up with wings like eagles,” which is not about our ability to build airplanes. We are to “fly” and soar in the Spirit, a feat only attainable through the Holy Spirit of God.

Most are given a “life verse” that is especially ours. If I had to choose a verse or verses from the Bible that would express God’s choice for me, it would be this: “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heaven laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30). Immediately before those words, Jesus spoke of those who had seen the works of the Holy Spirit in and through Him. They beheld His “mighty works” (Matthew 11:23), but they were not changed by what they saw.

Jesus suddenly began to pray, which was typical of Him for He was always in prayer, and His kind of prayer is the key to maturity for you and me. When Jesus came to us, He “made Himself of no reputation;” He “took the form of a servantHe humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death” (Philippians 2:5-8). He showed us how to pray and how to live. The sense of Matthew 11:28-30 is also expressed in Isaiah Chapter 40, where it says, “He gives power to the weak” (verse 29). Such things are “revealedto babes” (Matthew 11:25). When Jesus said, “Come unto Me” (Matthew 11:28), it is the same as Isaiah’s statement that God “gives power to the weak” (Isaiah 40:29). We need the Lord utterly and we need Him now.

If you were to say to your spouse on your wedding day, “I give intellectual assent to our new relationship,” your new marriage would already be in trouble. You need to LOVE that person; to BELIEVE in them, and to TRUST in their character. Marriage is wonderful, but most regard it as entering into some kind of business relationship. Many enter marriage with the idea that it will not last. And that is the way that far too many have come to our Lord. They enter the deepest relationship possible with the shallowest of intentions.

Beaky and Flappy, our eaglets at the beginning of this sermon, wanted to be comfortable; to have a soft nest of feathers and rabbit fur. They had wings, but they had no thought of using them. Very few in the animal kingdom or in humanity would leave their feathery nests unless they had to. God wants us to grow up, and especially He wants us to grow in our relationship with Him. But unlike eaglets and other little ones, who need to learn to develop themselves physically, we must grow spiritually, which involves not only EVENTS of growth, but also a process of learning to trust and rely upon – the Lord. That’s what growing up is all about.

Be "independent" the world insists! Don’t depend on anybody! But Jesus says, “Come unto Me” as the antidote to being “heavy laden.” He promises, “I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28-30). You ”shall mount up with wings like eagles, (you) shall run and not be weary, (you) shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:29-31). Trust in the Lord and you will soar – in Him.

Lord, I trust in You now. Fill me with Your Spirit. Let me know Your rest.  In Jesus Name. Amen.

Ron Beckham, Pastor
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