Eagles and Hearing the Voice of God

by Terry Law and Scot Law

Have you ever seen an eagle’s nest? In Alaska, Terry once saw an eagle’s nest that stretched nine feet wide, 13 feet deep, and discovered on the side of a cliff some 10,000 feet up. What a wonder of design built by incredible creatures!

Scripture often references the habits of eagles as pictures that teach us spiritual truths. For example, Isaiah 40:31 says, “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint.”

In this podcast, Terry teaches how mother eagles build their nests for their young. The nest is a powerful structure with three layers: 1) scaffolding for stability; 2) prickly briars and thorns for when the eaglets need subtle encouragement to leave the nest; 3) and a third layer of cushion for comfort like moss, rabbit skins, ferns, feathers, etc. 

There comes a time in every eaglet’s life when it must leave the nest. Deuteronomy 32:11-12 says, “like an eagle that stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, that spreads its wings to catch them and carries them aloft. The Lord alone led him; no foreign god was with him.”

Mother eagles know when it’s time for her eaglets to fly, but the little ones don’t always have confidence or even the desire to leave the comforts of home. So, momma eagle will intentionally and purposefully remove the comforts of her nest, revealing the second layer—prickly briars and thorns. Eaglets eventually grow so uncomfortable they seek the sky.

The spiritual picture we believe God wants to teach us is through the habits of eagles is how He often does the same for us. God is more interested in our character than in our comfort. In the process of learning to fly, to hear his voice, God will intentionally and purposefully remove our comforts, so we learn to hear His voice and to depend on him.

Like momma eagle, the Lord will lead you by stirring up your nest. Don’t equate everything bad or uncomfortable that happens in your life with the devil.  God wants us to have confidence leaving our comfortable nests, so we hear his voice.

Discomfort doesn’t always mean something is wrong. It could mean that we’re being prodded out of the nest, so we hear God’s voice. Followers of Jesus must be able to hear God’s voice.

Take inventory of your life. God is for you, not against you. He has good things for you and will take away comfort, so you better hear his voice.