On Eagles Wings (Day 2 from Beside Still Waters)

    That brings me to another lesson the Lord taught me about eagles. In Genesis 3:1 mankind was introduced to the first predator, “. . . The serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made  ". . . When Eve was being deceived by the serpent we have our first example of spiritual warfare, Eve lost her battle because she fought it in the natural realm, in other words on her enemies’ battleground.  Now picture with me an eagle soaring high above the ground searching for its next meal and it spots a snake on the ground, suddenly it swoops down to snatch its prey in its talons and with a flap of its powerful wings soars upward high into the sky. Do you see what happened, the eagle chose its battleground. On the ground the snake has the power, he’s cunning and can be potentially deadly, but in the air, it has no balance or power making it vulnerable. The eagle effortlessly defeats the snake by releasing it allowing it to tumble towards the earth powerless, only to grab it again with its powerful talons again and again until the snake is defeated. The Lord showed me we have that same power through prayer, as we take our battle to him in prayer we remove it from the natural realm and turn it over to God in the spiritual realm, changing the battleground just like the eagle. It doesn’t matter if God is fighting for you, or with you, by fighting your battle in the spiritual realm we have assured the victory through Christ. I had worn myself out trying to fight my battles on the ground where I had lost perspective, I had put a human face on a spiritual enemy, giving my true enemy all the power, with cunning and the near-deadly blow he almost destroys me. When I think of how close I came to losing the battle I can’t help but fall to my knees in thanksgiving to a merciful God who saved me from myself.

    As I sat there I felt the Lord speaking to my heart, “. . . I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself” (Exodus 19:4, NKJV). For years I had tried to get my husband to move to the lake but he never wanted to leave his hometown, therefore I was surprised when out of nowhere, he was willing to move. It was what I needed and I believed God led us here, as I sat there I could almost imagine him carrying me back to himself on eagle’s wings flying high above my surroundings and the circumstances that had overshadowed me for so long. An eagle’s sight is four to eight times that of a man’s and from above it can focus on his prey as far as four miles. As I closed my eyes I looked down on the circumstances that had held me captive with a new perspective, they seemed so small and unimportant; I wondered how I could have allowed myself to become so distracted and entangled by them. God had given me a new beginning, but more important to me he had opened my spiritual eyes and ears and once again I felt his presence in my life; simply put I was back into a relationship with my Creator. All that my spiritual enemy had meant to harm me, he was now using for my good, and the weakness I once had he was turning into my strength.

   The eagle, as a symbol of strength and swiftness, can be seen in Exodus 19:4, God had protected the Israelites completely destroying the Egyptian’s and carrying them safely back to him.  Do you see the imagery of this scripture? God shows himself as an eagle leading his people back into a covenant relationship with him. We see this scripture repeating itself after Israel became a nation in 1948 when the Jews from Yemen were flown back to the homeland; they believed the airplanes were the modern version of ‘eagle’s wings.’

     It is interesting to note that the eagle has long been a symbol of the history of God’s chosen people.  Because of the eagle's ability to soar heights of 10,000 to 15,000 feet at a speed of 65 mph, it has become the Jewish symbol for prayer; the morning liturgy states, “Were our hands outspread like eagle’s wings, we would still be unable to give adequate thanks for God’s blessings.” (The Encyclopedia of Jewish Symbols)  God has kept his hand on Israel even in the lowest times of their history, and today I realized his hand is to all his people, Jew and Gentile alike.  Psalm 103:2-5 is a hymn of God’s love and compassion as they sing of his wonderful mercies; “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s” (NKJV). The care that God provides to his children is seen so beautifully through the life of the eagle that we may fly high above the trials of this life and sing praises to the one who reconciled us to himself by the precious blood of  His Son, Jesus the Messiah.


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