Rise Above

Isaiah 40:31– “Those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not faint.”

Recently I read that eagles are the only known creatures on earth that love storms. The reason is that eagles have learned if they approach a storm at the right angle, it will carry them higher, above the storm. As I thought about this right-angle approach, it made sense to me that the right angle for us would mean – the right attitude. Our attitude will always affect our altitude. Like the eagle, we must learn to approach each storm with the right attitude so that it will carry us to a higher place in our walk with the Lord. The right attitude is – this storm is going to serve me instead of discouraging me. So, how do we do that?

Our attitude always affects our altitude.

As I was facing a storm not too long ago, I had reason to go for a walk in the middle of the night. Despite the inclement weather, when I face unrest, I go for walks and talk with Father. It was rainy with high winds. I felt the winds coming against me and attempting to impede my progress, but I did not give up. I kept on walking and listening to my favorite worship music. I must admit that as I began my walk, my focus was on the storm that I was dealing with and how miserable it was making me. As I continued walking and worshiping the more, I realized that my focus was wrong. I do not know why God allowed the storm, but I realized that I must be determined not to lose my worship. In other words, I will praise Him through it no matter what. When we keep our attitudes right, the storm will serve us by taking us to a higher place in Him. Even when you do not understand why something is happening, give God praise anyhow. Do not let anything steal your praise. The intent of the enemy in every storm is to steal or divert your voice. Steal it by taking your praise away or divert it by speaking negatively. Because whatever we magnify (our problem or our God) becomes bigger. That is why the Psalmist David said (when facing some of the darkest nights of his life), “Oh magnify the Lord with me, let us exalt His name together” (Psalm 34:3). When praises go up, His presence comes down! It does not take long in His presence for things to change – for us to change and be transformed.

When we keep our attitudes right the storm will serve us.

When the storms of life come at you and the winds of adversity bear down on you, lift your voice of praise and you will spread your wings like the eagle and soar above the storm to higher heights in Him and you will gain our Father’s perspective. Your praise will cause you to RISE ABOVE the storm to a greater place in Him. It is when we praise from the place of trouble that we get the greatest reward because we are praising in faith. And faith always gets the attention of our Father and the greatest reward. When the prophet Habakkuk was in a place of distress over Israel, he said in Habakkuk 3:17,18 – “Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I WILL praise the Lord! I WILL be joyful in the God of my salvation.” Habakkuk was perplexed over the condition of Israel and why the Lord had allowed the Chaldeans (enemy) to come in and destroy them. Yet he chose to praise God anyhow. I know this, that hard and confusing situations will come and many times the only thing we can control is ourselves and our attitude. Disappointments will try to rob you of faith, take away your joy and steal your song. But you do not have to let disappointment and discouragement win. You can choose to keep on singing, praising, and worshiping God. As you do, your praise will cause you to soar like the eagle and RISE ABOVE the storm. Remember, God is always faithful, He will always provide for you and perform His Word.

When we praise from the place of trouble, we get the greatest reward.

When I was on my walk that night and changed my focus to worshiping God, my attitude began to change, and it took me to a place of victory where I could sense His presence and was soon soaring above the storm.

My prayer for you today is that as you face the storms of life you will choose to lift your voice of praise, not because of the storm but because of who our Father is. No matter what, He is worthy of Praise! 

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”