Longevity - Louise Sililo

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 (NKJV)

As you are aware, this week our church celebrated turning 40 years old! On top of this, we celebrated our wonderful Senior Pastors, Ian and Yvonne Zerna, who have been leading our church for the past 23 years! This is incredibly inspiring and shows strength and longevity in their ministry. 

I love Isaiah 40:31 as it speaks to those who may be tired, weary, or perhaps feeing like they want to give up. However, we don’t need to be left in this exhaustive state. Instead, God offers us a different option. When we choose to wait on Him, He promises to renew our strength. I believe this verse is key in having longevity. 

One of the problems we experience with reading the Bible in English is that we miss some of the true meaning of the scriptures. I always read this verse picturing a small sized eagle like one often sees on the TV, so I didn’t really grasp the concept of mounting up on the wings of such a small bird. However, in this verse, the word ‘wings’ in the Hebrew language actually means ‘long winged’. 

My husband recently visited Israel and his tour guide pointed out the type of eagles that this verse is referring to. As he looked up in the sky at these eagles, he noticed they were huge, with their wings expanding up to three metres in length! When I heard this, I better understood the context of this verse.

As Christians, we are not meant to always feel tired and weary. We are called to live a life of purpose, strength and longevity, where we can spread our wings wide and rise high above whatever life throws at us, just like eagles do. When we surrender our weariness to Jesus, we can metaphorically soar on wings like eagles and allow God to renew our strength.

If you are feeling tired or weary this week, I encourage you to give it to God and wait on Him. Allow Him to renew your strength and enable you to soar on wings like eagles. I pray that as you wait on the Lord, you will have the longevity and strength to overcome any weariness you are feeling.

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