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Unfold Those Fabulous Wings

“They shall mount up with wings as eagles.”  Isaiah 40:31 

Wings showcase God’s incredible creative genius.  Beyond flight, they also assist many water birds in diving and swimming; they shield eggs or tender young from rain and hot sun during hatching and brooding; and they serve as weapons. In some birds the wings make a distinctly audible noise when in flight.  Many animals use wings as a means of emotional expression, especially during the mating season. In such cases they are fluttered, elevated, spread, beaten against the body, or clapped together over the back to produce drumming or crackling sounds expressing excitement or serving as signals or challenges.  

Wings are ancient symbols for strength and swiftness.  “And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another. The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings.” Daniel 7:3-4. Pagan and heathen tribes cast or sculpted likenesses of wings upon their images of worship.  Wings were coveted attributes of birds, especially of the magnificent eagle, who gave its owners god-like qualities, ascending power, an untouchable defense against all attackers.  Wings adorn the seraphim of scripture—those special fiery, always ablaze angelic creatures that exist exclusively to produce praise and rendering of glory to God.  God incorporated the wings of cherubim into the furniture of the tabernacle.  God’s protective care was referenced as wings.  When Ruth came to Boaz, the kinsman redeemer, the scripture records, “The LORD God of Israel, under whose wings you are come for refuge.” Ruth 2:12.   

Wings radiate the beauty of fluid, graceful motion.  While they produce powerful exertions on the air, they appear to work effortlessly and without strain. With wings, we see the eagle soaring, flying, mounting, rising, gliding, sailing, floating, climbing.  You have wings.  God gives everyone that waits on Him—serves him gladly, tirelessly, purposefully—a set of wings.  Too many of us have not learned to live with them. 

For believers, wings are far more than objects of beauty or historical throwbacks. They do the same for us spiritually as they do for creatures of flight. Consider the following: Wings have aerodynamic properties that enable a bird in flight to overcome the force of gravity. Some people ask, “Why doesn’t God change my circumstances altogether?”  God’s plan is for you to live within the reach of sin’s gravity, yet resistant to the will of gravity. Wings permit the eagle to thrust up and forward in flight; gliding and riding thermal currents; hovering and landing. God equips his people to survive in every situation, to defeat any enemy, and to live for Him regardless of the pressures against them. Wings change the range of a birds environment from two dimensional to 3-D. God gave you wings to provide you with a broad perspective on the world.  God wants you to “mount up” with the wings of eagles.  When you mount up, you are above the sin and evil, the frustrations and aggravations, the sniping and griping, the hatred and attacks prevalent in this world.  “And fowl that may fly above the earth in the open heaven.” Genesis 1:20.   

Check your wings.  Are they folded and unused?  Are they injured?  Have your wings been clipped by misconceptions and intimidation? God did not supply you with spiritual wings for adornment or for rare excursions into exhilarating flight. They are powerful instruments that you can and must use every day. Learn to mount up with wings of eagles!

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Our 'wings' are our daily prayers, that truly do lift us up above the cares of this world - as we pray for people and their (and our own) cares. Prayer truly does work in this way. In prayer you can just give it to God and go on to other things of this daily life.

May 31, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSydney Heimericks

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