Exodus 19:3–4: “And Moses went up to God, and the LORD called to him from the mountain, saying, ‘Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel: “You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself.”

August 22nd, 2019 by Pastor Ed in devotional

God instructed Moses to remind the children of Israel of 2 things He had done for them. First, He destroyed those who enslaved them; and, secondly, He carried them like a loving mother eagle. Biologists have observed eagle parents dropping and then catching their young, when necessary, on their outspread wings. The same idea is repeated in Deuteronomy 32:11–12: “As an eagle stirs up its nest, / Hovers over its young, / Spreading out its wings, taking them up, / Carrying them on its wings, / So the LORD alone led him, / And there was no foreign god with him. / He made him ride in the heights of the earth.” What a picturesque and striking description of how God desires to work in our lives. He is still delivering people out of their own Egypt and bearing them on His wings.

God used this picture again through the prophet Isaiah to tell us that He wants us to learn to fly, to soar like eagles: “But those who wait on the LORD / Shall renew their strength; / They shall mount up with wings like eagles, / They shall run and not be weary, / They shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31). God protects us like an eagle parent and wants us to learn to soar like an eagle. An eagle, when he flies, is careful to conserve his energy. Eagles ride thermals to towering heights because they “go with the flow.” The hummingbird, on the other hand, does just the opposite, flapping their wings faster than the human eye can even see. You know when God is calling you, because you feel that “thermal” of the Holy Spirit stirring your heart. Fellow eaglets, God wants us to catch three things here: 1) He will take care of the enemy, 2) He will carry us along as eagles do their young, and 3) He wants us to learn to soar on the thermals He provides. Why? Because, as He says, He wants to bring us to Himself.

“LORD, we look to You to teach us and carry us through this day.”