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Bible Verse of the Day

30.3.11

Soar on Wings as Eagles

"Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.

He gives strength to the weary, and increases the power of the weak.

Even youths grow tired and weary and young men stumble and fall;

But 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 40:28-31

Who is God? He is everlasting (that means no beginning or end); the Creator of the ends of the earth (He must be really powerful to be able to do that); does not grow tired or weary (He must really know how to manage things or His strength is beyond compare); his understanding no one can fathom (who can compare to Him in wisdom and understanding?)

In comparison to us humans - the youths and young men - our strength and power is limited. We grow tired and weary. But the Lord is able to give us strength and power.

Especially to those who hope in the Lord - those who put their trust in Him.  Then, they can soar on wings like eagles... I read this from a page online about the Bald Eagle's Quest for Flight "To rise really high into the air, eagles often hitch a ride on rising bubbles of hot air called "thermals." Once an eagle gets into a thermal, it can just spread its wings and float upward with very little effort."

We could learn something from this. Just like the eagle had to get into a thermal, we also need to get ourselves in the presence of God, so that just as the eagle can soar or fly with little effort, we can also have the strength and power to do the things we need to do as the Lord enables.

Lord, many times I go solo flight and then I find myself tired and weary or into overwhelming trouble. Teach me Lord to always seek you first and trust in you, so that I can soar on wings as eagles. This I pray in Jesus' name, Amen.



11.3.11

Do What is Good

Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong;
For like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants, they will soon die away.

Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this:
He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.
~ Psalm 37:1-6

Last post, I learned that as Christians we should focus our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.  But it is not as easy as saying it because there are many things happening around us that can grab our focus away from Jesus.

One of them is envying other people. We fret ourselves when we see other people doing better than we are. We especially take notice of those evil men who seem to be getting the better deal of things. But the Psalmist said their good fortune will only be a while like the grass that withers.

As Christians, we should not compromise doing what we think is right, especially what God says is right, just so that we get a better deal. The world is so good at tempting people to compromise that many are going after those things even if they are wrong.

Psalm 37:3-4 encourages us to trust in the Lord, to commit our ways to the Lord and DO WHAT IS GOOD. When circumstances seem to warrant that we do what is not right, we should still stick to doing what is GOOD. People may not like us, they may not stick with us, they may withhold the good things that we deserve, but hold on to what is good.

You know why? Because as the Psalmist said, we will dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. If we do what pleases God, He will give us the desires of our heart. And sooner or later, our righteousness will shine for others to see and give glory to our God.

Lord, sometimes it's not easy to do what is good and right. But help us to keep trusting You and do what pleases You. I believe that You will not leave us and that You will bless us when we do what is good.  In Jesus name, Amen.