March 23, 2020 5 min read

He'll Never Abandon You

The prophet, Isaiah, lived during a difficult period for the ancient Israelites. Turning away from faith in God and under the control of corrupt kings, the nation entered a period of darkness. They needed hope more than anything.

In our discussion this week, we will talk about this human condition. Today, we are really no different from people in ancient times: We all need a relationship with our Creator.

Isaiah 40:31 says, “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.”

Don’t those words give you a feeling of peace and calm? You can say them to yourself, with no one around, and begin to feel God’s strong arms wrapping you in love. He wants you to be free from all the strongholds that keep you from your destiny.

Wouldn’t you like to spend the rest of this week at rest emotionally and mentally? You can. This is the Lord’s will for you, as we heard in this famous passage from the book of Isaiah

Let’s pray. Lord, your perfect love always comes through for us. Just as you didn’t abandon your people long ago, we know you will remember us. Amen.

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On the Winds of Peace

If you’re like most people, the more chaotic life gets, the more you need a solution broken down in easy-to-understand concepts.

We’ve been discussing what happens when people move away from God, and the consequences that impact us.

Isaiah 40:31 says, “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.”

Besides the soothing beauty of the language, notice that God gives us several elements to meditate on, as we walk the road to peace.

We are clearly told here to hope in the Lord. He will then strengthen us. After this comes the fun part! Close your eyes and see yourself floating on the winds of peace, high above the chaos and troubles below. Finally, we are told that our strengths in the Lord will not wear out.

When God redeems, He does it completely — and with no strings attached!

He loves you that much.

Let’s pray. Lord, you actually make it easy for us to leave the chains that confine us. We praise Your Name. Amen.

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When Faith Becomes Grounded

Are you a person that has walked away from your faith? Maybe you believed once, very much, but it faded over time. Maybe you accepted the promises of God for a little, while but then something else caught your eye.

That’s not uncommon. Starting out on fire for God and then becoming weary is something many of us have dealt with. To use a flying analogy for our talk today, sometimes your flight of faith becomes grounded.

Isaiah 40:31 says, “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 famous verse, now on millions of framed prints, coffee mugs and yes, T-shirts(!) has given hope to countless people. There are critics of the Bible, or those who claim not to believe in God, but too many people have taken it to heart and found out that the words are true. God does lift us up from our burdens, and puts us to flight. Just like a bird leaving the safe hands of its master.

If you are tired today, tell God. If you’re hiding it from family and friends, don’t try to hide it from the Lord. He knows already, anyway.

If you trust Him, freedom will follow.

Let’s pray. Lord, your mercies endure forever. Help us be ready to tell others about you. Amen.

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Where Eagles Fly

There’s a reason the Bible uses so many metaphors. The wisdom God has for us lends itself well to short narratives, and we learn much from stories.

A famous passage from Isaiah we’ve been discussing this week uses a powerful mental image to convey deep truths from God.

Isaiah 40:31 says, “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.”

The sight of a majestic eagle, flying high above the ground…well, it can just make us feel good. It inspires. Gliding on the wind, the eagle dominates the place we’d like to be.

This gorgeous creature is exactly where God wants it to be. Free and sure of its place in the world, the eagle uses its extraordinary eyesight to see the big picture.

This is the place God wants you to be, and why He uses this verse in Isaiah to let us know our aspirations are not limited to the ground, not dependent on gravity.

Like the majestic eagle, let God free you to fly, in every area of your life.

Let’s pray. Lord, your beautiful creation inspires us. Put us to flight, so that we go the place you have prepared for us. Amen.

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The Silence at Masada

An eagle screams near the summit at Masada, near the Dead Sea. Once Herod’s summer palace, it was later the scene of a terrible incident in which Jews chose suicide rather than enslavement to Rome. When Roman soldiers breached the defenses at the top, they were met by silence, the wind, and perhaps a lone eagle, watching.

We are talking this week about your place on the winds of history. Where do you stand with God? Why are you here?

Isaiah 40:31 says, “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.”

God wants you to succeed. He wants you to live with joy, to sleep well at night and to enjoy your family. God wants you to be fulfilled in your career.

Do you really think He wants you to fail and to be miserable? Stop and take a few minutes to get quiet and still. Ask God to put wind under your wings so that you can reach the heights He wants you to reach.

Ask Him, and then watch Him work in your life!

Let’s pray. Lord, your will for us is perfect and sure. We love you for your strength in our lives. Amen.

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