Summary: Several crises in our church family prompted the need for an encouraging sermon on God’s watchcare over our lives, even if we don’t understand what is happening at the time.
God is good, and you can know that by the way He watches over you, and cares for you!
3. A third time we can know the goodness of God through His watchcare is when He supports us.
The picture of a mother eagle teaching her children to fly continues. The mother eagle swoops down and allows her frightened eaglets to climb onto her wings. Then, up they go into the blueness of the vast sky … up hundreds and hundreds of feet. The little birds begin to see a world they have never seen before, a world they never knew existed. But just as they become caught up with this new experience, suddenly the mother eagle turns a flip-flop in mid-air, sending her babies screaming to the ground.
They are faced with a new problem, and their instincts take over. They, too, begin to spread their wings, just as they had seen their mother do, and they begin to glide and use the strength they never knew about before! They are soaring, just like their mother!
But their little wings are not accustomed to this, and they cannot soar for very long. They soon grow tired, but when they do, the mother eagle is right there. Just as they begin to fall again, she swoops down and allows her young to land on her wings. She is their support when their little wings grow tired. She is their courage when their hope is gone. She is their example of how to fly. She supports them when there is nothing else left.
When God stirs our nest, He remains beneath us to give us strength and support. Moses put it another way in the next chapter of Deuteronomy (33), “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.” If God stirs up your nest, He remains with you tu support you when your faith grows weary. He is there to be your courage when all hope is gone. He is there to be your example of how to “fly.”
Isaiah 41:10 reads, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” And in your darkest night, when you have no other place to turn, God is there like a mother eagle who cares for her young. When your hope is gone, you can rest in God, just as the eaglets rest on their mother’s wings.
4. A fourth time we can know the goodness of God through His watchcare is when He leads us.
In v. 12, Moses states that just as a mother eagle is the only support, the only guide for her young eaglets, in the same way, God alone guided Israel through their wilderness travels.
As a mother eagle guides her children constantly in order to teach them to fly, God guides us constantly, never taking His eye from us.
As a mother eagle guides her children lovingly, because she is their mother, God guides us with so much more love, because He is our Creator, and our Heavenly Father. He knows the way!
As a mother eagle guides her children wisely, knowing each step of the way, knowing exactly what to do in order to get her children to fly, God guides us wisely. He knows the way, and He doesn’t make mistakes.
God is the only one who can guide us in our wanderings and searchings, in our doubts and fears. He is the only one who can guide us constantly. He is the only one who loves us so much that He would send His son to die for us. He is the only one who can guide us wisely for all of eternity, beginning here and now.