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"The Everlasting Arms"

October 24, 2003

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"The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms." Deuteronomy 33:27

When we were babies, our mothers carried us in their arms. When they wearied, as we grew heavier, our fathers carried us in their arms. In the arms of either we felt secure. Now those arms are no longer underneath us. In a sense we are now "on our own."

Do we, then, no longer need arms underneath us? Quite the contrary. In our adult life we find ourselves time and again in situations in which we realize our utter helplessness and recognize, more than we could in our childhood, the need of strong arms to support us. "Lo, I sink, I faint, I fall" is the anguished cry that tells of our fears.

What a comfort, then, to know that the eternal God is our refuge and that underneath us in the storms of life are His everlasting arms! Whatever may be the nature of our distress, even when we brought it on ourselves by our own sinful folly, He will not fail us. For this eternal God is also our Savior. He has loved us with an everlasting love. He loves us to the end. "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever" (Hebrews 13:8). To Him let us go in every hour of need, assured that He will hear us as we pray.

PRAYER: Lord, I need Your arms underneath me to support and guide me. You are my refuge and strength. Amen.

(Taken from "Words of Promise," copyright 1996 (out of print), Concordia Publishing House. For information on other devotional materials, call 1-800-325-3040.)

Today's Bible Readings: Jeremiah 18-19    Colossians 3

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