It’s Time to Mount Up!
Life has its share of difficult circumstances and challenges. Whether its health issues, financial problems, relationship troubles or spiritual battles – these all come with their own weight and can become debilitating over time. That’s why the Bible encourages us to lay aside every weight and the sin that slows us down and entangles us causing us to take our eyes off our only hope, Jesus Christ. [Heb 12:1] If weights are keeping you grounded, it’s time to lay them aside and “mount up” on wings like the eagles.
When God brought the Israelites out of Egyptian bondage, the Bible says He carried them on eagles’ wings so He could bring them to Himself. They were weak; they had been abused; they were confused about their identity; and they didn’t really understand who God was. He carried them on eagles’ wings to safety; to freedom; to a new existence where they could heal, grow, develop and fulfill their purpose. Eagles’ wings in this context are symbolic of the strength and swiftness with which He delivered them.
Isaiah chapter 40 speaks to the captivity of the Israelites to the Babylonians. The Israelites, like many of us today, believed that God had forgotten them in their troubles. They saw the victories of their enemies, and to them it looked as though the false gods of those Gentile nations were greater and stronger than the God of Israel. But God, who is full of compassion and mercy, knew what the Israelites were going to go through and He already planned to bring them out. Interestingly, the prophetic word in Isaiah 40 was spoken almost 80 year before their actual captivity, which reinforces for us that God knows what’s ahead of us and He is making provision in advance.
Your specific situation may not be detailed in the Bible, but God knows that you will have times of weariness, stress, discouragement, and maybe even oppression. In those times, you are encouraged to trust in (hope in) the Lord:
31 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.
When eagles soar, they are able to see things from a different vantage point. They use the wind currents and atmospheric pressure to lift them to higher altitudes, moving them closer to the sun. Like eagles, when we hope in the Lord, we can draw on His strength to soar above the “pressures” of life. We can use these pressures to move us closer to God where we can enjoy His presence and experiences His pleasures.
It’s time to mount up!