Summary: My wife and I like to walk on the beach. The problem is the sand that gets in your shoes affects the walk.
“How are you Walking”
Bishop M.L. Maughmer, Jr.
Isaiah 40:31 “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”
OPENING:- When we look at this scripture we often read over it so fast as we often do with most scriptures that we miss out on somethings. If we look at this scripture and dissect it we will see 3 different levels or aspects if you will. Remember the number 3 is very significant in scripture, it represents fullness. Past, Present , Future – Spirit, Soul, Body – Outer Court, Inner Court, Holy of Holies, - Death, Burial, Resurrection – Father, Son, Holy Ghost – 3 people died on Calvary One died in sin, one died to sin and One Died for sin. So when we look at this scripture and dissect it properly we will understand the fullness of it.
Ω - But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength – This is a promise – if you wait upon the Lord – to wait is to expect patiently, to serve thoroughly, to be in anticipation for shall renew – to restore or replenish, to revive their strength – the quality of being strong, courage, power, vigor. ***After the promise comes the manifestation of the promise.***
Ω1 - they shall mount up with wings as eagles; this is to soar. Everyone likes to soar because sore means I am above my troubles. Amazingly Eagles soar faster and fly higher than any other bird. They average speeds of 120 miles per hour (that’s a very significant number in scripture) in level flight, and have been clocked in excess of 150 miles per hour. When searching for prey, the eagle can soar to a height of one-half mile. From that vantage point, and using its exceptional eyesight (it can spot a rabbit from a distance of almost two miles!), the eagle can survey an area of some four and one-half square miles. Upon spotting its intended prey, the eagle will turn sharply, fold its wings into a tight, aerodynamic formation, and dive at speeds of up to 200 miles per hour! The eagle has 7000 feathers and its wings are so powerful that when a storm is approaching the eagle doesn’t fly away from the storm but flies directly into the storm. It flies through the storm until it reaches the mountain peak and then it takes its powerful talons and grips the mountain and stays there until the storm has passed. When we hear that part of the scripture we often get excited because if we wait upon the Lord we will soar and that is true but that is just part of it. That is emotional excitement – let me explain – there is nothing wrong with emotional excitement it’s o.k.; however, you can be emotional without being spiritual and that is where the problem is.
Ω 2- they shall run, and not be weary; people praise runners because runners so and ability to endure. When the runner carrying the torch into the Olympic Stadium runs into the stadium people stand and cheer as they run up the stairs. At the finish line of a marathon or race people cheer as runners come across the finish line. Sometimes it doesn’t even matter what position you come in just as long as you cross the finish line they are praised as runners – and everyone likes praise. Praise is emotionally stimulating – WATCH THIS – every preacher likes to hear after they have preached someone say that was good. It’s emotionally stimulating, it excites gladness and lets them know that the studying and time they put into this that God gets the glory; however, they are glad that you received something out of it..
Ω3 - and they shall walk, and not faint – Walkers aren’t praised like runners are praised, it’s not as exciting as soaring. However; walking is very important in your relationship with God.
Soaring & running are comparative to Sunday morning experience. People come to church on Sunday morning and are moved and motivated by the worship style, music, praise and so forth, but walking is relationship. How do you walk all the rest of the week? In your presence I can show you excitement. I can become emotionally stimulated - I can move to the beat of the music and get caught up in the emotionalism of the service, but my walk tells about my relationship with God.
You can’t tell if I am walking or not just by what you see on Sunday morning. WATCH THIS:- In the natural you may not see me walk , but when I go to the doctor for my check-up they are able to do a test on my heart and they are able to tell rather or not if I have been walking or not – Walking benefits your heart.