Scripture: from verse 1
Woe to the land of whirring wings…
Observation: The next line identifies his target as the land beyond the rivers of Ethiopia. I’m not sure what people group that was at the time, but a couple of commentaries seem to think it’s Egypt, Ethiopia, or Cush. So that’s not terribly helpful.
In any case, the point is that “The Land of Whirring Wings” is a very cool name. And despite being an enemy of God, this nation has been deriving its identity from its wildlife – which God created. The prophet later calls them “a nation tall and bronzed,” which is again both a point of pride for these people and something that God created.
We have a bad habit of taking pride in things we didn’t make and don’t control. Sometimes it’s obvious that we are doing this, as it is for this nation. Sometimes it’s more subtle, when chance and choice architecture and poorly-understood social forces have played a far larger part in an outcome than we realize. Either way, we should be spending far more time than we do being grateful for what we have been given.
It’s a beautiful world God made. We’re just living in it.
Application: Notice when God gives you things. Be grateful.
Prayer: Yeshua, thank you for giving me so many things. Thank you for the weather today and the birds outside and the fact that my hair is behaving well. Help me to remember that you have given them to me. Amen.