Revelation 4:7 KJV
And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.
In this section of John’s vision, we are introduced to four “beasts” (living creatures) which pictures for us a different aspect of our spiritual life in Christ. We have already seen that the first beast symbolizes the Christian’s authority as overcomer in this world and the world to come. We also saw that the second beast was a picture of the Christian as a servant of Christ, and the third living creature is pictured as a man, reminding us of the humanity and sinfulness of the Christian and his great continuing need for Christ’s intervention in His life.
The final living creature that is revealed to John in this vision is that of an eagle. The eagle pictures for us the Christian’s ability to rise above the difficulties and heartaches of this world knowing that there awaits for them “some better thing” i.e. eternity with Christ. (Hebrews 11:36-40)
Isaiah 40:31 KJV
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
The Bible says much about a Christian that feels weak and ready to faint in the midst of the trials of life. Here is a very short listing of some principles that we should apply to our lives when we feel as if we are ready to faint under the heavy loads that life may put upon us…
- Psa 27:13 – always keep our minds on the blessings of the Lord and His promises for future blessings to come upon us
- Luke 18:1 – always take our needs, feelings and weaknesses to the Lord in prayer, looking to Him to meet our current set of needs.
- 2 Cor 4:1 – always remember the ministry to which we are called and count it a blessing to be used of Him. This gives us a purpose to continue on for His glory.
- 2 Cor 4:14-18 – always remember the blessings of eternity that await us.
- Gal 6:9 – remember the Lord is using our current labors so that we may reap the fruits of His glory, our good, and for a testimony of Godliness to those around us.
- Hebs 12:1-3 – always remember the example of faithfulness in suffering set by the Old Testament saints and, especially, our Lord Jesus Christ
As we enter our day of service for Christ, we may be touched by hardships and opposition that will wear us down and weaken us. May we keep these basic principles in mind as we continue onward knowing that the Lord is with us, enabling, protecting, and comforting us as we walk down our personal valley of darkness.
May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ.
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