As an eagle stirs up its nest, hovers over its young, spreading out its wings, taking them up, carrying them on its wings, so the Lord alone led him, and there was no foreign god with him.
Many of us are going through difficult situations in our lives. Many of us have friends or family who are going through difficult situations in their lives. I couldn’t number all the times, when I have had folks come to me, because they are going through difficult times, and the first statement I hear is “Why is God doing this to me?” “Why is God allowing this to happen?”
You know, I actually believe that God allows tests, and even tests us Himself, BECAUSE He wants us to mature. He wants us to develop in our walk with Him. You see, our walk with God is based on our personal commitment to God, not on some emotional high or low.
In James, Chapter 1, we are told, “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”
You see, if you want your endurance to grow, you need to have your faith tested. We need to let our endurance grow, and when it is fully developed, we will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.
A mother eagle takes some extremely drastic steps, in order to teach the little eaglet to fly. She actually just pushes it out of the nest and lets it fall toward the ground, which can be near 100’ high. As the small bird is falling, the mother will wait until it is almost near the ground, then suddenly swoop down, snatch it out of the air, take it back to the nest, and then repeat it all again. This is repeated over and over, until the eaglet begins to use its own wings. Eventually, the eaglet begins to fly and is complete, no longer needing to be kicked out of the nest. This may seem extremely cruel to most, especially when our current system of teaching our children leans so much into the philosophy of letting them move into life at their own pace, while we, as parents, are held accountable for any errors along the way, but this is how eagles learn to fly. It works, and the young eagles grow and thrive to soar in solo flight, eventually using the same method to teach their own young.
You see, as Christians, God will sometimes kick us out of our nests. We may be in our own comfort zone, with all things happening in a safe and orderly fashion. All of a sudden, God decides it is time for us to grow up, time to stretch our faith, time to spread our wings and find that perfect flight. We are all subject to trials, it is just a matter of time, before the next one hits.
Luke 22:31-32 says, “And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.”
Here is your question: When these tests come, will you pass or fail?
Just my thoughts!
Don D. Stephens