With Wings of Eagles

This majestic prophetic passage moves from the austere majesty of an omnipotent and omniscient God to that same God’s tender concern for the weakest members of the human race.  In v. 22 the prophet celebrates the God “who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers.”  The passage ends with words of kindness for exiles who have suffered long enough: “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” (v. 31).  A pastoral sermon on God’s comfort for the afflicted is always in season.