“The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms…” Deuteronomy 33:27
As Moses neared the end of his life, he wanted to leave the children of Israel with some words of encouragement. Consider with me what Moses said.
There’s not a need that we can’t share
“God is thy refuge.” A refuge is a place of shelter during a storm. There have been sins in my life that I haven’t shared with anyone else other than God. There have been dreams that He alone knows. There have been moments of disappointment when I cried out to Him, and it’s been a tremendous comfort to know that He listens and cares. God is my refuge and strength and there’s nothing in my life that with Him I cannot share.
There’s not a moment He’s not there
We read in 1 Kings 18 of how Elijah mocked the prophets of Baal when their cries to their gods availed nothing. “Perhaps your god is busy, or traveling. Maybe he is sleeping and needs to be awakened!” And so they shouter louder and slashed themselves more fiercely – yet their gods never responded or answered.
Over the years I have come to love the story about the man who dreamed one night of a set of footprints in the sand. As the man struggled with life, he cried out to God -“Where were you when I needed you?” What was God’s answer? “The times when you have seen only one set of footprints, is when I carried you.” (poem by Mary Stevenson) There is not a moment, night or day, when God is not present in our lives.
There’s not a load He can’t bear
Moses assured the Israelites that God’s arms would always be sufficient to carry them. He described God’s arms as ‘everlasting arms.’
God’s arms are everlasting in that they will never leave us. God’s arms are everlasting in that they will never grow weary and lose their strength. God’s arms are everlasting in that they will always be willing to bear and to care for whatever we need to share.
“The eternal God is thy refuge,
and underneath are the everlasting arms…” Deuteronomy 33:27