Summary: This sermon deals with the way God works in our lives
The Bible has a great deal to say about eagles. Isaiah 40:31 tells us:
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.
Psalms 103:5 tells us . . . so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle=s.
One of my favorite passages is Psalm 91:4 He will cover thee with his feathers and under his wings (the wings of a eagle) shalt thou trust.
The Bible also tells us in Ezekiel 17:3 that the eagle is a large bird. In II Samuel 1:23 it talks about it swiftness.
Jeremiah tells us that it builds it’s nest on the lofty rocks, and Job tells us they have keen eyesight and can see a great distance.
However, I think that the most precious of all the Bible verses concerning eagles is found in Deuteronomy 32:11 As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings: 12So the LORD alone did lead him,
These verses speak of a family of eagles. The father eagle is there, along with the mother. They have built their nest high on the ledge of a cliff, the little eagles have hatched and are growing, but as of now they have never flown.
Now those parent eagles have a responsibility to their young. The mother broods over those young for a while, but there must come a time in their life when the mother eagle must begin to stir the nest.
Now an eagle builds her nest first out of rough sticks, and then lines it with mud and leaves, and then often they will kill some small animal like a rabbit or squirrel and use the fur to line the nest.
When the mother eagle begins to stir the nest what that means is that she troubles it. And what happens is this:
One day as the little eaglets are out of the nest playing on the rocky ledge, the mother will take the soft lining out of the nest and that night the little eaglets have to sleep in the mud and rough sticks.
A few days later while the eaglets are out playing the mother will take her powerful wings and will sweep the nest over the side of the cliff. That night the little eaglets sleep on the cold hard stone.
A few days later the father eagle will take one of those little eagles on his back and will fly high over the valley. Just about the time when that little eagle is enjoying the scenery and relaxed, that father eagle will dive out from underneath that little eagle and will allow that little eagle to fall.
As that little eagle begins to fall and tumble, its natural instinct is to begin to flap it’s wings.
And so that little eagle is falling and flapping, and tumbling. And seems to be headed to the rocks beneath.
But that father eagle is flying and watching everything and just about time that little eagle thinks it curtains that father eagle swoops underneath it and catches it on it’s back and takes it back up into the clouds to repeat the process all over.
Now why does that happen, so that little eagle will learn how to fly on it=s own. Each time that father eagle drive out from underneath that little eagle, that little eagle flies a little further.