Freedom To Fly

I am learning to fly.

I have been sharing a lot about flying over the last few months and it has all come out of my study in the book of Exodus.

And something I am learning, especially recently, is that freedom is essential to taking flight. You cannot fly if you are tethered and tied to the ground.

The book of Exodus begins with the people of God enslaved and living in Egypt. And we read of this amazing rescue by God Himself, where God delivers His people out of Egypt, and takes them through the wilderness, and on into the promised land.

The verse where God speaks of flight is Exodus 19:4 —

You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings, and brought you to Myself.
Exodus 19:4

The people walked on dry land through the impossible obstacle of the Red Sea and wandered in the wilderness on the way to the promised land. And yet, God describes the whole experience as an adventure of flight that He accomplished.

God set His people free. He took them out of Egypt. It was one thing to get out of Egypt. But it was quite another to get Egypt out of the people. They constantly looked back to Egypt as the place of safety and security rather than their God. When they found themselves faced with the impossible circumstance of the Red Sea, they cried out to go back to Egypt (Exodus 14:11-12).

The wanderings in the wilderness were the lessons where God moved their reliance from things and people to Himself. Though they wandered, they were being carried on eagles’ wings by God Himself. They were learning to fly.

It all came down to trust in God — total reliance under stress and trial.

There is a new freedom that enables you to fly in life when you rely on God and God alone. Because then God has you and you have God, and He can do great and mighty things in and through you, things that you cannot even imagine or would have never ever planned for your life.

I believe so many of us are tethered and tied to the ground, hoping in things and people and many wished-for possibilities other than relying on God and God alone.

The verse that the Lord has given me over the last few years that has been absolutely essential is Psalm 62:5 —

My soul, wait in silence for God only, for my hope is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be shaken.
Psalm 62:5

This verse has come to me again and again. What God teaches us here is that our only hope is God. God and God alone has the answer for our need. So we have to ask ourselves, “Have we placed our hope in things and people?” Of course, God uses those things and people to answer our need. But often God is the last resort, rather than the first and only hope. We run to Him at the end of the situation, when all other avenues have been exhausted, instead of going to Him first.

Spurgeon shares about our reliance in Morning and Evening

Those who in a measure walk by faith, occasionally mar the lustre of their life by craving aid from man. It is a most blessed thing to have no props and no buttresses, but to stand upright on the Rock of Ages, upheld by the Lord alone.
Morning and Evening by Spurgeon

I got to thinking about those words by Spurgeon. I believe that the Lord sometimes brings us into a unique place where all the props are pulled away in order to bring us to a greater reliance on Him. Sometimes the way down really is the way up. Our faith is being tried, but it is being strengthened and supported, as we turn our attention to God and His Word. Here we are being given a new freedom to fly, for we are becoming unencumbered. It’s a painful process as our dependence shifts to God and God alone. Freedom can be uncomfortable. We saw how insecure the people of Israel were outside the borders of Egypt and so it is with us. There is a certain security in the known and the familiar even if it keeps us from a deeper trust and more intimate relationship with the Lord. But know this — God is faithful to do a mighty work in us. He will have us for Himself.

In all His ways and works in us, we are experiencing a new freedom to fly, though we may not realize it for the moment. What is happening is that the Lord is carrying us high on eagles’ wings, where we are set free to fly, just like He did with the people of Israel.

So, dear friend, if you are experiencing great losses and crosses, look to the Lord, who is your support. Totally rely on Him and Him alone by laying out every need and request, and looking to Him to provide. He may use things and people to accomplish that provision. But we must keep our eyes fixed on the Lord, looking to Him to answer every need. Find promises in His Word and live in those words, thinking about their meaning for your life, to help you look to the Lord.

Little by little, you will experience the freedom to fly, as your vision is filled with the Lord — who He is, what He does, and what He says. And you will see that He is taking You above and through every trial, providing for You in ways you could never have imagined, and leading You into His ways and His will, bringing great glory to Himself.

♥ Blessings and Grace to You!

Catherine

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I bore you on eagles’ wings, and brought you to Myself.
Exodus 19:4

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  • Description: A willet taking flight in Corona Del Mar near Newport Beach, California, USA.
  • Creator: Catherine Martin
  • Date Created: 09/2/16
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