“But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.”
Personal note: I could hardly wait to get to this last verse! As an eaglet, it is one of my most favorite verses. This whole chapter has been building to this crescendo of promise. Isaiah 40 begins with comfort, moves to shout and prepare for the Lord, establishes His awesome wisdom and power as Eternal Creator of everything, reminds us that He will judge sin and idolatry, promises He sees everything in us and around us, and then gives us power and strength so we can fly like eagles. All we need to do is TRUST HIM!
Oh, Lord! You are so marvelous! You know every bit of us, our personal needs, our relationships, our work — simply everything we need for wholeness and happiness. And all You ask is that we trust You. Indeed I do!
I can’t look at the morning dew, admire the sunset, listen to the birds, see the twinkle in my granddaughter’s eye without thinking of You and what You have created for me to enjoy.
When I’m weary, discouraged, lacking energy or even drive, You are there to speak to my soul. I can just hear Your voice, “Get up! Get up! WE get to enjoy a brand new day.” That’s the thing about you–it’s NEW. You never change and yet You always have a fresh way to speak to me. Your words strengthen my resolve.
Just like the eagle who can look the sun straight in the eye, increase my ability to see Your Son every day in my surroundings and in Your word.
The eagle is bold and can climb to unreal heights. I want to be brave and bold too. Just as the mother eagle picks up her falling eaglet on her back, let me soar on Yours. Show me new and exciting revelations about You and Your Kingdom.
Teach me caution. Teach me to hunt. Teach me to be a good mate and a good mother. Teach me to find the best perches as a watchman for Your Kingdom.
When doubt or unbelief try to slip in, wake me/shake me once again. Like Thomas, help my unbelief and help me to trust!
“Who else has held the oceans in his hand? Who has measured off the heavens with his fingers? Who else knows the weight of the earth or has weighed the mountains and hills on a scale?
Personal note: Boy, oh, boy–doesn’t this verse convict us? As I read this, I immediately thought of the Lord’s challenge to Job in Job 38 WOW! In my mind’s eye I can just see Job looking up at the whirlwind, shaking at the thundering voice questioning him. Awesome, jaw-dropping revelation pours out as the Lord reveals His might, power, and wisdom. HE is the Creator of all things. All creation is by His design. And then I bow my head in wonderment and thanksgiving that HE knows me. How can it be? How awesome is a Creator that knows everything about me down to the number of hairs on my body.
You are great and glorious, Lord God Almighty. Receive our praise and thanksgiving for all You have given us to enjoy in this world–the oceans, the mountains, the rivers, the valleys and hills. The beauty we see reflects Your beauty. Convict us to care as much for our environment as You do.
Your oceans are vast. When we stand on the shores, it looks like it goes on forever. WE can’t see the ocean’s end, but You do. You set their boundaries. Help us to understand Your limitless power as well as to understand what power You have given us who believe. Holy Spirit, inspire us in new ways to express You to our world.
Awaken our spiritual eyes to see the storms on the horizon before they gather strength. We declare that Your hand which has held the oceans, will hold back the onslaught of the enemy’s attacks on our lives, on Your church, and on our nation. Speak to the riotous waves that seek to drown us and tell them to be still.
Open our eyes to the unseen realm just as You did to Elisha’s servant. (2 Kings 6:17) Show us how to participate in heaven’s warfare for our families and beyond.
May Your hand that has held the oceans be upon us as we share Your Good News with others. (Acts 11:21)
Take us to new heights, Lord. Call us to a Mt. Sinai experience. We are willing to be “weighed in the balance” of Your righteous judgment. Cleanse our hearts, heal our wounds, remove the stains on our garments. We realize that only those with clean hands and hearts have a right to shout from the mountaintops. (Psalm 24)
Today, Lord, we appeal to Your rule over all the earth and the 7 Mountains of Influence. Let the redeemed say so. Give voice to Your prophets in Your Church. Raise up the Patrick Henry’s in our government to speak with clarity and power. Call families to prayer. (7 Mountains Prayer Guide)
We want to know You, to serve You, and to share You. Increase in us that You may increase in our spheres of influence.
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