Scripture Reading: Psalms 71:1-9
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Scripture Quote: Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall, 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. (Isaiah 40:30-31)
Eagles live to a very old age compared to a lot of other birds. They molt their youthful feathers periodically and, whether fact or fable, their strength is said to be renewed repeatedly with the growth of new feathers. We, on the other hand, wilt hair and lose elasticity in our skin, as our muscles and organs progressively weaken with our increased years. Bodies that eventually disintegrate are part of our inheritance from Adam's fall.
Though our physical strength fades, our faith and hope increase with the years. Experience interacting with the Holy Spirit brings us ever closer to the image of Christ. Through trials and joys, we grow closer to our spiritual roots and come to understand that the part of us that we identify with as our true, inner selves is pure spirit. Separation from the body in death is the beginning of spiritual freedom without encumbrance. We are now new creatures in Christ Jesus, but later, when we will see Him in all His Glory, sin and sorrow will be distant memories and the joy of the Lord will let our spirits truly soar.
Today’s meditation: Look ahead joyfully at the prize that awaits us.
Memory Verse: Be my rock of refuge, to which I can always go; give the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress. (Psalms 71:3 NIV)