An arm that can never be broken!
(J. R. Miller, “A Life of Character”)
“The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms!” Deuteronomy 33:27
At the two extremes of life, childhood and old age—this promise comes with special assurance.
“He shall gather the lambs in His arms, and carry them in His bosom” (Isaiah 40:11), is a word for the children.
“Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He; I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you!” (Isaiah 46:4), brings its blessed comfort to the aged.
What does an arm represent?
One suggestion, is protection. Life is full of peril. There are temptations on every hand! Enemies lurk in every shadow—enemies strong and swift! Yet we are assured that nothing can separate us from the love of God. “Underneath are the everlasting arms!”
Another thought, is affection. The shepherd carries the lambs in his bosom. John lay on Jesus’ bosom. This picture of God embracing His children in His arms—tells of His love for them—His love is tender, close, intimate.
Another thought suggested by an arm, is strength. His arm is omnipotence. “In the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength” (Isaiah 26:4). His is an arm that cannever be broken! Out of this clasp—we can never be taken. “I give them eternal life, and they will never perish—ever! No one will snatch them out of My hand!” (John 10:28)
Another suggestion is endurance. The arms of God are “everlasting.” They shall never unclasp!
There is another important suggestion in the word “underneath.” Not only do the arms of God embrace His child—but they are underneath — always underneath!That means that we can never sink—for these arms will ever be beneath us!
Sometimes we say the waters of trouble are very deep; like great floods they roll over us. But still and forever, underneath the deepest floods—are these everlasting arms! We cannot sink below them—or out of their clasp!
And when death comes, and every earthly thing is gone from beneath us,—still it will only be—into the everlasting arms!
This view of God’s divine care is full of inspiration and comfort. A strong One, the mighty God—holds us in His omnipotent clasp! We are in divine keeping. Our security depends upon the omnipotence, the love, and the faithfulness of the unchanging, the eternal God!
No power in the universe can snatch us out of His hands! Neither death nor life, nor things present, nor things to come—can separate us from His everlasting arms!
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