Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Everlasting Arms

Encouragement for your daily walk with God 

Christ followers can walk with complete confidence because God Himself—the everlasting God—is with us. That is especially comforting when we find ourselves sinking in trouble. When I was just a young boy, I learned a hymn that, for many years, has served as a powerful reminder of that. The words are:

I was sinking deep in sin 
Far from the peaceful shore
Very deeply stained within
Sinking to rise no more
But the Master of the sea
Heard my despairing cry
From the water lifted me
Now safe am I


There are times in the life of a Christ follower when he sinks in humiliation and sinfulness. Often at those times, the Christ follower feels worthless. This eDevotion is offered to remind you that underneath you are the everlasting arms of God! Your sin may drag you down in the sea of despair, but like a buoy, the everlasting arms of God will bear you up. 

Are you sinking today in a difficult trial or conflict? Have you been prey once again to that sin that so easily besets you? Are you enticed by the things of this world that draw you into its darkness? Are you at the point of desperation that you cry out like that old TV commercial, “Help, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up?” There is Good News for you! Underneath you are the everlasting arms of God.

Everlasting arms implies enough strength, enough grace, enough power to see you through the dark days of life. David had that confidence when he wrote, “Even though I walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, I will fear no evil because YOU ARE WITH ME!” [Psalm 23:4 - emphasis mine]

Dear Christ follower, do not lose heart. Be strengthened with the knowledge that you are upheld by the everlasting arms of God. And by the way, He is with you always because He does not faint nor grow weary.

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

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