Oak Grove Church of Christ
Renewing Our Spirit
March 15, 2020

Renewing Our Spirit

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Passage: Isaiah 40:28-31
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When you see an eagle, what do you think about? What does the eagle symbolize. Across cultures not just western European, and American culture we see the eagle as a symbol of power, majesty, freedom, and independenct. When you think of Isaiah 40:31, mounting up with wings as an eagle.

They begin to fly at about 11-12 weeks old. They spend another 6 weeks honing their skills of flying. 

They are large birds, some can be as much as 42 inches long. The golden eagle has a wingspan of up to 8 feet, and can weigh as much as 15 pounds. They can have a cruising speed of 30 miles per hour can reach up to 200 miles per hour in a deep dive. They can fly to an altitude of up to 10,000 feet.   

Imagine someone shoots down and eagle and injures it, but doesn’t kill it and someone comes along and helps it to get well again. Once again it can fly. 

That’s a pretty good description of our lives as a Christian. At times we are flying high, like the eagle. Sometimes though, we come crashing down.

"Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is hid from the Lord, and my judgment is passed over from my God?

Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.

He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.

Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."

— Isaiah 40:28-31

Here we see Israel in captivity. Isaiah is writing to them in their captivity reminding them to wain upon the Lord to be patient with the Lord. 

We see three points from Isaiah. 

  1. The problem: Weariness
  2. The prescription: Waiting
  3. The Power: Wings

The Problem of Weariness, in the Spirit

The problem they were facing is that they are weary in captivity in Babylon. They feel forsaken, they have no strength or might.

There is a weariness that we might describe as a good weary. That's a weariness that comes from working hard. Or, a a player comes off the sports field saying they left it all on the field. 

  • Ecclesiastes 5:12

But, that’s not the weariness we’re talking about. We are talking about a weariness of the soul. When one loses hope because a struggle is so strong. You become weary of the battle of the inside. Or weary of fighting the good fight of faith.

There were days when the Israelite nation soared like eagles.

  • God’s deliverance out of Egyptian bondage, Exodus 19:4
  • When they captured Jericho, Joshua 6:15,16, 20
  • When God made the sun to stand still before their enemies, Joshua 10:11-15
  • Days in the days of King David
  • Days in the days of King Hezekiah

But these were not those days.

  • Psalm 137

They felt forsaken. There may be times in our lives when we feel forsaken. There may be times when we cry out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” 

  • 1 Kings 19:4-14

There may be times when we feel like Elijah, like we are alone. Times when we feel as if we want to give up.

  • Galatians 6:9
  • 2 Thessalonians 3:13
  • Hebrews 12:1-

To be weary is to be utterly spiritless, to lack courage, to be faint-hearted. 

The Prescription of Waiting to Renew the Spirit

"But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." — Isaiah 40:31

To wait is to look for, or to hope for. The root of the word wait, is the twisting of a cord. 

Biblical waiting is not the passive waiting for something to happen. Rather it is working while we wait. Waiting is the confident, the willing expectant waiting  for God to do something for the benefit of those who trust in God.

  • Romans 8:28

God is our anchor, he will hod us steadfast if we wait for him. 

  • Psalms 42:5
  • 2 Chronicles 20:12
  • Psalm 121:1-2
  • 1 Samuel 14:6

If we are waiting for God, He may be working things we don’t even know about. 

  • 2 Kings 6:13-19
  • Romans 8:31
  • Isaiah 40:28

God never grows weary. His power is abundant, more than sufficient for our need.

  • 2 Corinthians 12:9
  • 2 Corinthians 1:8-9

It was the problems of life, the problems that Paul encountered, that helped him to increase HIs faith in the Lord, all the more. 

The strength we receive from Christ, from the Word, gives us strength in later times as we learn to trust in Him.

The Power of the Wings to Renew the Spirit

“The eagle does not escape the storm. The eagle simply uses the storm to lift it higher. It spreads it's mighty wings and rises on the winds that bring the storm." — Jack White

  • Isaiah 40:31
  • Isaiah 41:1

The word renew, is likened to changing garments or clothes..

  • Hebrews 12:1

Through Christ we know we can be renewed day by day.

  • 2 Corinthians 4:16

Our outward body is breaking down, but our inward man, the spirit can be renewed day by day in Christ.

  • Philippians 4:13
  • 2 Corinthians 4:13, 16

Through Christ we can accomplish all that He has prepared for us.

  • Isaiah 40:29
  • Ephesians 1:19
  • Ephesians 3:16,
  • Ephesians 6:10

The Lord strengthens us through he word, when we learn from the lessons within, we are able to overcome the trials of life. We can know we have the power to wait and trust in God. We were made to fly, our spirit was made to soar. 

An eagle is not graceful when it is walking. It stumbles as it walks. But, when it flies it is graceful, and magnificent in flight because it was made to fly.

"Eagles When they walk, they stumble. They are not what one would call graceful. They were not designed to walk. They fly. And when they fly, oh, how they fly, so free, so graceful. They see from the sky what we never see." — Author Unknown

Yet they were not designed to walk, they fly so free and are so graceful. They were made to fly.

We are made in the image of God. We were made to spend time with God in Heaven. That is why God made us. Unfortunately, at some point we sin. At some in our lifetime, we sin, and at that point we have lost the relationship we once had with God. 

The only remedy for being separated from God is when we believe that Jesus is the Christ the son of God, and make that confession that He is the son of God. And, when we repent of our sins, and are baptized to have our sins washed away. The power is in the blood of Christ, and when we rise from baptism we walk anew with Him, in fellowship with Him. 1 John 1:7, we have fellowship, and walk in the light, we have forgiveness of sins.