Strength

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Strength

I’m going to guess that some of the people reading these words are experiencing weariness. Life can be really hard on our hearts – and over a period of time we can become weary with care and stress. When that happens, we’re not at our best – and it makes it hard for us to love and bless others. Luis Palau said, “When you face the perils of weariness, carelessness, and confusion, don’t pray for an easier life. Pray instead to be a stronger man or woman of God.” When I think of Strength, one thing I think about is the power of an eagle.

The Bald Eagle is a majestic bird that is easily recognizable. Though they were once endangered, conservation efforts have helped them make a turnaround. Did you know it’s illegal to pick a Bald Eagle feather up off of the ground without a permit? It’s an old law that hasn’t been changed since the Bald Eagles were endangered. These birds are strong – their grip is up to 10 times stronger than humans. You don’t want to get in a fight with an eagle! Their eyesight is up to 8 times stronger than a humans. The largest eagles have a wingspan of eight feet long. They can live between 20 and 30 years in the wild. A group of eagles is called a convocation.*

It’s no wonder that when Isaiah wanted to write a word of encouragement, he reminded the weary and  weak, those who stumble and fall, that…

… 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. Isaiah 40:31

In a time of weariness, can you remember to put your hope in the Lord? Isn’t it encouraging to know that when you have no more strength, God is strong enough to carry you … and more … He can help you run and not grow weary? There’s a renewal of strength that comes when we put all of our hope in Him.

How do we put our hope in the Lord?

-We believe Him when He says he can renew our strength.

-We can ask him, in prayer, for strength like eagles.

-We can remember the greatest demonstration of love – Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross for us … and know from his strength came the resurrection! That’s the kind of power He has to help you overcome your weariness.

On wings like eagles!

*https://chipperbirds.com/facts-about-eagles/