And here is the last in my two week series of guest posts. Thank you very much everyone who has graciously written one for me.
The experience of looking at the same verse through the eyes and experience of guest posters from five continents has been an interesting and enlightening one. I hope to repeat it the next time I come across a Scriptural concept I do not understand, such as “The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth”–which stumped me.
However, God willing, I shall return to regular programming and write my own blog posts from tomorrow–before I entirely forget how to write.
I hope you enjoyed the series of guest posts as much as I did. I would be grateful for any feedback. Leave it anonymously if you prefer.
And thank you again to the brilliant, wonderful guest posters!
“Dick Woodward can’t move anything below his neck. But that hasn’t prevented him from training and mentoring pastors around the world.”
Dick Woodward founded and pastored both the Virginia Beach Community Chapel and the Williamsburg Community Chapel, where he remains as pastor emeritus. His Mini Bible College, available in print, audio and electronically, has been translated into more than 26 strategic languages and is disseminated by ICM around the world to nurture believers. The Mini Bible College is a survey and topical study of the Bible that teaches practical and devotional applications of every book of the Bible to our lives.
I am honoured to run this guest post by Dick Woodward!
For those who are interested, Dick Woodward has given me permission to publish his extended reflection on this verse here . So make yourself a good cup of tea, and snuggle up with it!! Here is a brief reflection.
“But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles…” (Isaiah 40:31)
The Golden Eagle in the Mediterranean likes to build its nest at least ten thousand feet above sea leve, preferably in a Crag near the top of a cliff. From that elevation the eagle can see a storm approaching while the storm is still far off. With great patience the eagle waits until the winds of that storm reach a very high velocity and engulf the eagle and its nest. The eagle then leaps fifteen feet from its nest directly into the adverse wind of that storm. This adverse wind gives the eagle the lift and aerodynamics it needs to soar over that storm.
When the prophet Isaiah exhorts the people of God to mount up with wings as eagles do,he is referring to this storm strategy of the eagle. When a storm comes into our life, our reflex response should not always be to ask God to deliver us from the storm. We should consider applying this exhortation of Isaiah. We can wait on the Lord until He shows us it is the right time. Then we can leap into the adverse winds of that storm and find in them the spiritual aerodynamics to soar over that storm.
When the Church was born at Pentecost the great miracle happened after the apostles had waited on the Lord for forty days. The apostles found miraculous spiritual aerodynamics by moving out against severe persecution, obeying the Great Commission,and making disciples for Jesus Christ.
When God permits or directs a storm into your life and mine, are we willing to wait on the Lord until He gives us the power to soar over that storm?