“Though you soar aloft like the eagle, though your nest is set among the stars, from there I will bring you down, declares the Lord” (Obadiah 1.4 ESV).
The eagle is a beautiful image of individuality and preeminence. Eagles are distinct from other birds because of the great heights of solo flight that they are able to soar. Because of their elevation in the sky, they surpass all other birds. This image can be applicable to Christians in two opposing ways. When we separate ourselves from the will of God and listen to our own hearts versus the heart of God, we begin to establish ourselves in our strength for our own glory. Since God is the King of the Universe and rightful receiver of all glory and praise, any person who tries to contain God’s glory for him/herself will be brought down. However, if we stay obedient to God’s will and seek to establish His glory in our lives, we become like eagles that always gain “new strength.” We will continue our flight for God and never grow tired or weary because He will establish our great heights in Him. We won’t have to concern ourselves with being brought down, since we are resting in the strength and power of the Lord. All we will have to do is hold on tight and allow the wind of the Spirit to bring us higher in God’s plan for our lives.
“Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary” (Isaiah 40.31 NASB).