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October 18, 2019

The Everlasting Arms

The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.” Deuteronomy 33:27 (NIV)

What are you leaning on in life? All of us lean on something or someone. You may be leaning on your abilities, your intellect, or your resources. So far, they’ve proven stable enough to support you. What about in a real crisis, when the storms of life come, and you don’t know what to do? It could be an economic setback, a layoff, an unexpected diagnosis, or, worse, the sudden death of a loved one.

Life happens, and, when you live long enough, you discover that sorrow and suffering are indiscriminate. It doesn’t matter how wealthy or intelligent you are. Ask yourself if what you are leaning on can sustain you no matter what happens in life?

If you’re wise, you’ll admit you need something greater than your own ability, someone far more capable than you are to lean on in life. The wisest man who ever lived other than Christ Himself, offers us this advice.  He said, “Lean not on your own understanding.” in Proverbs 3:5b (NIV) I’m so thankful Solomon didn’t leave it at that.  He prefaced it with what we should do.  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart…” Proverbs 3:5a (NIV)

Your understanding, your talent, your skills, and your resources can only take you so far, but when you put your trust in God you have an illimitable supply!  Moses taught the people of God that truth in a wonderful promise found in Deuteronomy 33:27 (NIV)“The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.” He always holds out His arms to catch us when what we’ve been leaning on ultimately collapses and we fall. Lean on Him!