“He guarded him . . . like an eagle that stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, that spreads its wings to catch them and carries them on its pinions. The LORD alone led him; no foreign god was with him.”
Our almighty God is like a bird who leads His tender children in His care to the very edge of a precipice and then shoves them off the cliff into nothing but air. Scary.
But it’s not to be mean. He does this so we may learn that we already possess the power of flight that can forever guide us through our lives.
Yet if, in our attempt to fly, we are exposed to some extraordinary peril, He is prepared to swoop beneath us and carry us skyward on His mighty wings.
Therefore as believers, we must understand that God takes away our comforts and privileges in order to make us stronger Christian.
We must see that the Lord always trains His soldiers not by allowing them to lie on beds of ease but by calling them to difficult marches and service.
He makes us wade through streams, swim across rivers, climb steep mountains, and walk many long marches carrying heavy backpacks of sorrow.
This is how He develops soldiers—not by dressing us up in fine uniforms to strut at the gates of the barracks or to appear as handsome gentlemen to those who are strolling through the park. No! God knows that soldiers can only be made in battle and are not developed in times of peace.
So, could this account for our situation? Is the Lord developing in us the qualities of a soldier by shoving us into the heat of the battle?
It is my prayer this morning that our struggles will not be in vain, but that through them, He will grant us every gift and weapon to make us a conquerors…amen!