Soaring with God
1. Verse 31, of this chapter is perhaps one of the most popular verses in all the Bible. Of course, nothing can out do John 3:16, when it comes to salvation; but this verse is certainly at the top when it comes to encouragement.
2. If you walk into the Bearen Christian book store, you will find this verse in paintings, in written form, on lockets, imprinted on pencils - you find it everywhere. Why is that?
a. It's because life is tough! Life is tough, and this verse encourages us. This entire passage is an encouragement. b. Friend, if you want encouragement, read God's Word; it will bring you through the dark hours, it will lift your sprits--it will give you the medicine you need in your hour of difficulty.
3. Isaiah, chapter 40, begins the second section of the book. In contrast to the dark judgment of the preceding chapters, dealing with Israel's captivity [sic], it shines with the light of the promises of restoration to the land, of the coming of the Messiah, and of millennial blessings for Israel. - Ryrie Study Notes
4. It's interesting how God uses the Eagle as a symbol of encouragement. In truth, the eagle represents Him.
a. In Exodus 19:4, God speaks to Israel, "Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles' wings, and brought you unto myself."
b. Then, again, in Deut. 32:11-12, God reminds His people, "As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings: So the Lord alone did lead him."
ILLUS: This morning I could be speaking to some people whom, rather than soaring with God, are much like the Pilgrim in the story of John Bunyun's allegory, PILGRIM'S PROGRESS --in the Slough of Despond. In Part I, the First Stage, we pick up the story...
Wherefore Christian was left to tumble in the Slough of Despond alone; but still he endeavored to struggle to that s ...
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