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On Eagles’ Wings
Joseph Waddell writes of a day that Confederate President Jefferson Davis set aside for prayer and fasting: Wednesday night, Nov. 16, 1861

On Eagles’ Wings

Joseph Waddell writes of a day that Confederate President Jefferson Davis set aside for prayer and fasting:

Wednesday night, Nov. 16, 1861

This day was observed as a day of prayer, by recommendation of President Davis. The service this morning in our church was informal, and a prayer-meeting, remarkably well attended, was held in the afternoon. I feel revived and encouraged … We read in the Bible again and again of His interfering in behalf of those who sought His assistance and He is the same God, still mighty in power and full of mercy. We are utterly undeserving of His favor, it is true; but they were sinful men who prevailed with Him of old—“Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are”—And we have a great High Priest who has made our atonement and intercedes for us. God may not answer as exactly as we now desire, but if he blesses us we shall be satisfied. Notwithstanding all we have suffered, and all we apprehend in the future, we have great cause for thankfulness— We thank Him for turning so many of our people to Himself, and giving us so many God-fearing rulers and soldiers. He said to the children of Israel: “I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself.” … Show us wherefore Thou contendest with us!—If for any special sin, reveal it to us, and cause us to repent of it and forsake it!

With the many discouragements that he experienced, Waddell was encouraged that the Lord would lift him up on “eagles’ wings.” The eagle symbolizes freedom. When we are bound by the chains of depression, we can be encouraged in the Lord and soar to the heights of his blessings.

Then Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain and said, “This is what you are to say to the house of Jacob and what you are to tell the people of Israel: ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession.”

Exodus 19:3–5


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