Isaiah 40: 30-31 (NIV).
It seems difficult to wait on wings as a believer, especially a young believer. Some people spend their whole lives waiting on wings. (In other words, some people spend their whole lives waiting on God to take them to a comfortable place in their lives where they can thrive and flourish.)
Isaiah 40: 30-31:
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
But sometimes it seems to be tough to wait on God’s restoration in our lives. Many times, our only available transportation is a leap of faith. It seems difficult to wait on wings…
Private companies are building prisons based on low reading skills: it seems difficult to wait on wings. More education is needed to survive in our economy but the cost of education keeps on rising: it seems difficult to wait on wings. Young people are increasingly having sex more than ever and the church refuses to talk about sex: it seems difficult to wait on wings. When older people can’t understand the struggle of our young people, it seems difficult to wait in wings.
It’s ever rewarding to fit in instead of standing out like God has called us to do. It seems difficult to wait on wings.
This could be why Isaiah 40:30 says, “Even the youths will faint or grow weary; and the young will fall and be exhausted.”
Chapters 40-66, in Isaiah, talk about God’s restoration of Israel. Judah and Jerusalem were taken over by the Babylonians. Therefore, God’s ability to save was in question. They knew that God could save them but didn’t know if God would save them. They didn’t doubt God’s power but doubted God’s intervention. They heard 40:8, “The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our God will stand forever.” but they didn’t see God’s word.
It seems this portion of scripture was written to remind Israel that compared with the gods, the nations, the princes and rulers, and even the central gods of the Babylonian religion; God was the only true and living God. God has shown God’s power in creation and in control during crisis. God has shown and proven that God is worth waiting on. The difficult task of waiting on wings cannot be compared to God’s power.
So what is the purpose of wings?
Wings are needed for us to go somewhere in life. We need wings to explore what it is that God has for us, because if we stay where we are God really hasn’t done anything for us, and we haven’t done anything for ourselves. Thus, wings are the vehicle in which God uses to take us to our destiny. And therefore, if you can peak into the future of your life and you see yourself somewhere beyond where you are now; you’re going somewhere.
However, if you don’t see yourself beyond where you are right now either you need to see about your wings or you turned in your wings too soon. For when we don’t live to go somewhere, we don’t live at all.
Rev. Dr. Myles Munroe says in his must-read book, Maximizing Your Potential: The Keys to Dying Empty, “Every individual is a living treasure….true success is what you have done compared to what you could have done.” In other words, we all have something to offer that glorifies God but the true test to if we are offering that very thing is comparing what we have done to what we could have done.
It’s answering the question: what have I done and could it have been better?