You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. (Exo 19:4, ESV)
The Hebrews had been witness to God’s goodness and faithfulness. They had spent 400 years living in bondage to the Egyptians. God had delivered them on eagles' wings. He kept them above the drama. Even the Egyptian retaliation for their departure, though it had been a real threat, was nothing God couldn’t handle. God knew how He would deal with Pharoah and the Egyptians. He would lead His people to safety. He would go before them on their journey to the Promised Land. He would be their rear guard as they departed Egypt. His angelic host would be encamped around them as they traveled (Ps 34:7). They were a huge nation. At the same time, they were in the nascent stages of learning what it meant to be devoted to and cared for by a loving God.
Perhaps, God’s characterization of eagles’ wings refers to the fact that He brought them out above the noise and drama. Eagles fly above storms. To be brought out on eagles’ wings implies there were many issues they bypassed or escaped as they began their journey into the wilderness. Yahweh protected them from surrounding nations which might have taken advantage of their frailty and weakness following so many years in bondage. God brought them to Himself in the wilderness.
Whenever God delivers us out of difficult situations, it is always for the purpose of drawing us nearer to Him. Israel had seen God do amazing things to bring about their deliverance. They had witnessed the plagues on Egypt. They had experienced His protective hedge in Goshen (Exo 8). They had experienced Passover (Exo 12). They had seen what He could do—it was now time to know who He was. He was bringing them to Himself to build relationship with them and dwell in the midst of them.
It is His purpose of for us as well when He delivers us out of difficult situations. We have been translated from the powers of darkness in to the kingdom of His dear Son (Col 1:13). The enemy of our souls no longer holds us in bondage. Sin and death have no power over us. He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us (2 Cor 5:21). In doing so, He broke the power of the fear of death over our lives (1 Cor 15:55-58). He exposed the truth that we no longer have to live with guilt and shame.
I’m currently walking through a very challenging episode in my life. I would love for Abba Father to put His finger on it to turn the situation and circumstances. That hasn’t happened. Yet, I know He’s sovereign and He loves me. I can attest that He’s allowing me to ride on eagles' wings. Much of the drama that is associated with similar situations is, presently, absent. That absence of drama isn’t due to my character, but to God’s grace and mercy.
An additional benefit of being carried on eagles’ wings is it allows for a broader perspective regarding the circumstances. I’m able to observe and comprehend the present difficulty as it fits within the larger scheme of how God is transforming my life and conforming to the Christ’s image. In the midst of this trial, God is drawing me to Himself. He comforts me when I’m shaken awake at night and wondering about my future. He captures every tear as I reflect on my own choices which may have contributed to the current situation. He reminds me of the precious treasure I am to Him even in my frailty—He knows my frame and that I am but dust (Ps 103:14). He has seen my situation from afar. He is not put off by it. He has moved in close to hold me, comfort me and guide me.
Obviously, I couldn’t know what you might be experiencing today or in what circumstances you find yourself. My prayer for you, today, is that you would know the power of His deliverance and experience deeper intimacy as He brings you to Himself in the midst of the storm.
Stay close to Him. Live beautiful.