Isaiah 40:28-31 – Like An Eagle

Isaiah 40:28-31
28
Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.
29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
-We are told in the Gospels that Jesus often spoke to the people in parables so that he might convey deep truths in more relatable terms. (Matthew 13:34-35)  The Lord similarly uses analogies as a way of relating wisdom throughout the scriptures.  Consider the picture that is described here is verse 31, not just that we would be lifted up, but that we would rise up “as eagles“.  Armed with this analogy, we can then watch an eagle soar and have a very real picture of what the Lord’s strength can do for us.  The Lord has a multitude of examples in the animal kingdom that provide pictures of how we should order our lives.  Amongst other things, we should strive to be as diligent as an ant (Proverbs 6:6), obedient as a sheep (John 10:27), wise as a serpent (Matthew 10:16), gentle as a dove (Matthew 10:16), and bold as a lion (Proverbs 28:1).
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