…for without Me you can do nothing – John 15:5b.
I remember on Sunday morning I had a picture of an eagle soaring above the storm in my spirit, so I decided to google and see what I could find. The first thing that caught my eye was an article that says that an eagle knows when the storm is coming, and when the storm comes other birds fly away out of fear while the eagle spreads its mighty wings and uses the current to soar to greater heights. The eagle takes advantage of the very storm that other birds fear and head for cover from.
The second article that also caught my eye was that an eagle in early Christianity was seen as a symbol of hope and strength. Then I was lead to Isaiah 40:31 in the NIV which reads, “but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
Then I remembered my dear friends Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and how they survived the fiery furnace while some of the strongest soldiers who took them to the furnace got killed (Daniel 3:20-22). What was the difference? The fourth Man! The fourth Man makes all the difference, it’s not about how physically strong you are, how smart you are, or how emotionally together you consider yourself to be, it’s Jesus on the inside that gives you the hope and strength to overcome anything that comes your way.
So when Jesus says that without Him we can do nothing, He means it, we may seem to have it all together for some time but when the storms of life come, we will be like the birds that fly away because of fear. But when we have Jesus, we are like that eagle that sees the storm coming from far and positions itself for the elevation that the storm brings because greater is He that is in you.
When we have Jesus, we are like that eagle that sees the storm coming from afar and positions itself for the elevation the storm brings