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SOARING ON WINGS LIKE EAGLES!

Isaiah 40:27-31

Every other month, I send out “Eagle’s Messenger,” a bimonthly newsletter to over 122 e-mail addresses. The recipients of it are friends and missionaries throughout the world. I have entitled it this way because of two reasons: First, as Albanians our flag has the emblem of eagle into it, and we are known as the “Land of Eagles.” Second, it is because of a passage in the Bible (Isaiah 40:27-31).

In order to soar on wings like eagles, there are two feeling we need to deal with.

1. We need to pass the feeling of despair.

2. We need to place hope on solid foundation.

I. DESPAIR

A. No Hope On Sea Or Land. The 2,037-ton Portuguese coastal steamer, Save, with 53 crewmen, 300 Portuguese troops, and 200 Mozambique Africans aboard, grounded on a sandbar of East Africa during a storm. While rescue efforts were being made from the shore, fire broke out on the ship. The fire spread to the stores of ammunition and the whole ship exploded in flames. Many of the passengers jumped into the sea—only to be attacked by sharks. Those who did manage to make the shore were threatened by lions roaring in a mangrove jungle nearby. A hopeless case.

B. This story appears to picture the despair of life. We seem to be going from one problem into another and to end up in despair.

a. Lenin claimed that if Communism was implemented there would be bread in every household. Coming from a former communist country we saw that the answer to our problems could not be the Communism. Some of us have witnessed the despair in people’s lives. Communism did never tell us how it would solve our problems. In fact, as people grew weaker and hungrier; the dictatorship grew stronger and fatter.

b. Buddha taught enlightenment, yet he died seeking more light. We seek education, as a means to solve our problems. But has it solve our problems? Evidently not! I recently heard someone who is finishing his Ph.D. asking: So what now? There seems to be meaninglessness and un-fulfillment in this person.

c. Sigmund Freud believed that psychotherapy would heal emotional and spiritual pains. On January 2000, the head of American Association of Psychologists and Psychotherapist made a shocking statement: “For 100 years we have tried to figure out what is wrong in people, while at the same time we have failed to show them how to deal with their problems.”

C. From one problem to another, there seems to be no end to the problems. When we see our inadequacy to govern our life, to solve our problems, it is then that we lift our eyes beyond ourselves and our time-space reality. It is in these moments that we stare at the skies and think of God. The people in the time of Isaiah were coming to these moments. Isaiah asks their question: “Why do you say, O Jacob, and complain, O Israel, ‘My way is hidden from the Lord; my cause is disregarded by my God?’” (Isaiah 40:27). They had come to this state, because they had gone after foolish pursuits. But Isaiah had a message of hope and assurance for them.


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