Soaring to Strength

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

The Andean condor is the world’s largest soaring bird. With a wingspan of more than ten feet, condors can soar for up to five hours, covering one hundred miles, without flapping their wings once! In one study, a group of condors spent just one percent of their time aloft flapping their wings.1

The prophet Isaiah had never seen an Andean condor, but he had certainly seen eagles and other soaring birds in the Middle East. It is no wonder that he used the image of a soaring eagle to represent the one who waits on the Lord. Once aloft, it is the power of the wind that keeps the eagle soaring, not the power of the eagle itself. In the Christian life, it is the wind of the Spirit of God that gives us power to run and not be weary, to walk and not grow faint.

Spending time with God daily is a time to renew your strength as you wait upon Him in prayer and Bible study.

Only he who can say, “The Lord is the strength of my life” can go on to say, “Of whom shall I be afraid?” 

Alexander MacLaren

1“Andean Condor Can Fly for 100 Miles Without Flapping Wings” The Guardian, July 13, 2020.

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