The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.
We have many expectations concerning God’s blessings and encouragement. When we come together with other believers and worship Christ together, when the music is inspiring and the sermon uplifting, when we get a glimpse of the heaven of God and the God of heaven, on the mountaintops of spiritual high moments in life – these are all wonderful blessings of our Heavenly Father – we expect to be encouraged.
But let us not suspect that God is only found in those places and in those ways, for “underneath are the everlasting arms.” In our moments of fatigue, in times of heavy responsibilities, in days of grief over what has been lost and anxiety over what may happen, in the season of suffering and loneliness, there we find the eternal arms of God supporting us from beneath.
To some God has given special golden moments of joys and blessings, to others He has entrusted periods of darkness and difficulty, but we all pass through the fire at some point along our journey of life. In the moment of fatigue in our journey of faith, when the race pace seems to have fallen off and we trudge forward one step at a time, faith is given a precious promise of God, that “underneath are the everlasting arms.” For those of us who have experienced these strong arms supporting us when everything else would give way, what would otherwise be a cup of sorrow is tinged with the sweetness of God’s love. His is the voice that whispers love in the darkness, peace in the storm, and strength in the face of unrelenting pressures.
Lord, your greatness is immeasurable and your glory is above the heavens, but your strength is also beneath us. In all that we face these days, may we personally know your protection and grace. Amen.