Reflection and Prayer 

Devotion 1

Mount up with wings like eagles


Devotion – Isaiah 40:28-31 

Mount up with wings like eagles.

28 Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary; 
    his understanding is unsearchable.
29 He gives power to the faint,
    and strengthens the powerless.
30 Even youths will faint and be weary,
    and the young will fall exhausted;
31 but those who wait for 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.

I recently heard a sermon on this verse which I will try to relay to you all! Interestingly with this verse the NIV have changed the wording from wait’ to hope’, the NSV version above states ‘wait’, I think hoping can be part of waiting! NIV says ‘you’ll soar on wings like eagles’ which is a lovely image but NSV says ‘they shall mount up with wings of eagles’, they conjure quite different imagery in my mind.

This verse simply gives us hope, it encourages us that we can win whatever race, battle, circumstance we happen to find ourselves in. It’s starts out though telling us a truth about life which is that life isn’t easy. Jesus echoes this when he says in John 16:33 in this world you will have trouble! Things can and do get tough, sometimes we can feel like we have fallen down one to many times and it can be hard to get up. Our world is so fallen, so damaged by sin and selfishness and that isn’t going to get any better this side of Jesus returning, in many ways it’s not a healthy place to be!

When these times come into our lives God tells us there is a solution when we are at the end of our tether, through the prophet God says those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up on wings like eagles, run…. God doesn’t just say snap out of it! He doesn’t say whatever doesn’t kill a makes your stronger! He says wait on the Lord and he will renew your strength. He says wait for me, depend upon me, lean on me, place your trust in me, your hope in ME! Jesus echoed this when he said come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28). Peter echoes this in the new testament, humble yourselves under Gods mighty hand that he may lift you up in due time (1 Peter 5). Notice the focus in each is on God, come to ME, cast all your anxiety on to ME, put your hope in ME! What we focus on matters, do we focus on our trials and tribulations or do we focus on Jesus and the love that he has for you and me? Focusing on Jesus can give us a certain amount of joy, even in adversity or waiting. It’s empowering to draw our focus away from what is troubling us and lift our eyes to the Lord.

The reality is everybody at some point faces troubles, everyone falls and stumbles, everybody grows weary, but there’s a difference for us, we have an advantage, we have a Father who wants relationship with us, who promises good things for us. We know very often we simply can’t do it alone, we haven’t got the answers, we are confused and exhausted but we must never lose sight of the fact that He says come to me, cast your anxiety on to me, hand it over, be filled with my peace, let me carry your burdens, put your hope in me, let go and let God! We have a God who is there for us, when we fall apart he puts us back together again, He is for us, He is the Father who wants us to win the race. When our lives are falling apart we need to come to Jesus, because he meant it when he said come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28). Sometimes I have to remind myself of this when life gets tough, sometimes only He can bring rest to my soul. Henry David Thoreau said “The mass of men (and women) lead lives of quiet desperation’ behind the curtains of our lives” that is how we can feel, when we’ve endured or fallen down too many times. All we have to do is admit our need to God. Psalm 23 is a good place to go in these times, it is reassuringly comforting – refreshment, fear is removed, his presence is near, he protects, his goodness and love follows me. Mounting up with wings like eagles brings all of these things together in my mind. The Hebrew word for mount up literally means to ascend and to ascend over an obstacle. Don’t lose heart, God can make it possible for us to ascend over problems, if we trust in Him. Wait, be patient, focus on Jesus, you will mount up on eagles wings.

But satan hindered us

Devotion 2

“Therefore we wanted to come to you—even I, Paul, time and again—but Satan hindered us.”

I Thessalonians 2:18 NKJV

But Satan hindered us. 

“Therefore we wanted to come to you—even I, Paul, time and again—but Satan hindered us.”I Thessalonians 2:18 NKJV

From the beginning of time (creation of heaven and earth) the enemy of God and therefore Gods children has planned to..…steal, kill and destroy all of God’s goodness here on earth. To frustrate His purposes for humanity. 

You and I are the VANGUARD of God’s purposes on earth. 

We represent Him to the world. 


We HERALD ( proclaim ) His Kingdom. 

No wonder why Satan seeks to target 🎯 us. 

Scripture exhorts us in 1 Peter 5:8: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”

So don’t be surprised and disappointed when trials and difficulties of various magnitude come our way.  

In fact…. over time we learn to give thanks …in ALL circumstances. These trials and difficulties can assail us in many forms in our daily lives. From simple things like appliances not working to noisy neighbours to flat tyres etc. They can also be serious attacks on our health and that of our family. On our marriages and relationships. On our finances. There can be direct attacks on our relationship with the Lord. Our prayer and devotions can be disturbed and undermined. 

Peter you will note uses the following words: BE SOBER- serious, sensible and solemn, BE VIGILANT-keeping careful watch for possible dangers or difficulties. Being awake !!!

Peter also adds : “Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.” I Peter 5:9 NKJV

James also directs us in how to handle these situations. 

“Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you….” James 4:7-8 NKJV

Such a priority for us as believers…to remain close to Jesus…whom we believe. 

To give ourselves unreservedly to Him. 

Submitting ourselves- willingly to Him. 

“I beseech/ beg you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” Romans 12:1 NKJV

As we submit to God. 

As we present ourselves to Him (lock stock and barrel)

We have His AUTHORITY to RESIST THE DEVIL- he will have to flee (not a one time stand but constant standing of resistance against his devices).

Having resisted we - Draw near to God and He to us. 


We are not alarmed because Satan hinders us. 

For it is proof that we are on the Lord’s side and are doing His work. 

Through His strength we SHALL triumph and come through VICTORIOUS. 

“Through God we will do valiantly, For it is He who shall tread down our enemies.”

Psalms 108:13 NKJV


Devotion 3


Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.

The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him.

In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No-one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us.   1 John 4:7-12. 

Acts of loving generosity are to be the hallmark of Jesus’ followers, this is what shows the world who Jesus is and therefore who God is. Jesus models the kind of sacrificial and unconditional love that we should love others with.

Many people find it difficult to comprehend that God loves them. Others think maybe He does, but only if they do or attain things to get His approval. So why can it be so hard for some to accept His unconditional love? After all God is love! One reason could be that we can have a hard time loving other people without restrictions or unconditionally. The way we show care and acceptance can be shaded by our own self-interest. The fact that human love can be conditional causes us to wrongly think that the Fathers is too. Sometimes people can feel unworthy of God’s love but of course the truth is that we all fall humanly short and He still thinks us worthy of His love, goodness and mercy. For others it can be hard to give and accept love due to their past hurts and experiences, all of which God can lovingly bring His healing provision to if we let him. For varied reasons people can find love is not an easy concept, but loving God and others is a natural response to receiving Gods perfect love. 

We are all called to live our lives in response to God’s love, because God asks that ‘everything we do be done in love’ (1 Cor 16:14). He longs for us to live a life of love enacted because He knows that’s the most fulfilling, purposeful, and peaceful way for us to live. He longs to set us free from the burdens of living for our own gain or in the shadows of our pasts. The love of God will guide, establish, satisfy, and bring you joy in all circumstances. His love will free, heal, compel, comfort, strengthen and sustain you. His love for you is eternal, unconditional and more vast than you can imagine. 

How different we feel when we allow our God of emotion in action to love us lavishly and completely. How this creates a deep longing in us to share this very same love with others, especially our persecuted brothers and sisters or anyone suffering. But it all starts with quite simply being utterly loved by Him ♥. 

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