Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Almighty One

Here is an entry from a devotional that I am reading called Waiting On God by Andrew Murray. This has really encouraged me and I hope it does the same for you. 
"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 40:31
Waiting is affected by what we think of the one on whom we wait. Our waiting on God will depend greatly on our faith in who He is. Our text is the close of a passage in which God reveals himself as the everlasting and Almighty One. As that revelation enters our soul, the waiting will become the spontaneous expression of what we know His to be - a God worthy to be waited on. 


Listen to Isaiah: "Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel: 'My way is hidden from the LORD, and my just claim is passed over by my God?" (40:27) Why do you speak as if God does not hear or help? 


"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 fail" (40:28-30). All that is considered by man to be strong will come to nothing. But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength. 


The eagle is the king of birds and soars highest in the skies. Believers are to live a heavenly life in the presence and love and joy of God. They are to live where God lives and in His strength. To those who wait on Him, it shall be so. 


Eagles are born with a potential power in their wings that surpasses all other birds. You are born of God. You have eagles' wings. God will teach you to use them. 


Eagles are taught the use of their wings by their mothers. Imagine a cliff rising a thousand feet out of the sea. On a ledge high up on the rock the eagle builds her nest for her two young eaglets. When the time is right, the mother bird stirs up her nest, pushing the timid fledglings over the edge. They flutter and fail and sink towards the depths, but she swoops beneath them and bears them up on her own strong wings. And so they ride to a place of safety. Then she does it again, each time pushing them out over the edge and then swooping beneath them again until the eaglets become strong enough to fly on their own. "As an eagle stirs up it's nest, hover over its young, spreading out its wings, taking them up, carrying them on it's wings, so the LORD alone led him." (Deuteronomy 32:11) The instinct of the mother eagle is God's gift, a picture of the love by which the Almighty trains His people to mount up on eagles' wings. 
He stirs up your nest. He prolongs your hopes. He tries your confidence. He make you fear and tremble as all your strength fails and you feel utterly weary and helpless. And all the while He is spreading His strong wings beneath you to rest you weakness on and offering His everlasting strength to work in you. And all He asks is that you sink down in your weariness and wait on Him and allow Him in His Jehovah strength to carry you as you ride on the wings of His omnipotence. 


Dear believer, I beg you, lift up your eyes and behold your God! Listen to Him who says that He "neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable" (Isaiah 40:28), who promises that you, too, will not faint or be weary, who asks nothing but this one thing" that you should wait on Him. And let your answer be, "On such a God, so mighty, so faithful, so tender - I will wait. 


My soul, wait only on God! For Your glory alone!


Hannah Brooke Hartman

1 comment:

  1. hey girly! can you email me your snail mail address? thanks! =)

    setapart4one@gmail.com

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