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Underneath His Everlasting Arms


There are two realms of profound mystery that persistently assault the human soul and produce in it a sense of fear.  They are the fear of the unknown future and the unfathomable present.

However, as we learn to depend upon “the eternal God,” we discover that His “everlasting arms” are never exhausted.  His “everlasting arms” are always sufficient for our unknown future and unfathomable present needs.

What will happen tomorrow?  How can we cope with the infinite mystery of the moment?  What shall we do?  Where shall we turn?

When we contemplate the unknown fear of the future, we discover as Moses did:  “The eternal God is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms” (Deut. 33:27).

“The eternal God is the dwelling place” for those who fear the future.  And when we are overwhelmed by the unfathomable present, we have underneath us “the everlasting arms.”

Where did Moses choose to put his trust as the days of his earthly journey came to their end?  He tells us in “the eternal God.”  He chose in those fearful dark moments of the vast unknown future to trust in Elohim, the eternal God.  He is the mighty God, the sovereign creator.

The “eternal God” is the Timeless One.  He is beyond our agendas, calendars, and plans for the future.  “With the Lord one day is as a thousand years, a thousand years as one day (2 Peter 3:8).  He is the God of the beginning, the eternal God, and He is our dwelling place.  God has no tomorrows for He is eternally present, and there is no end.  There is therefore no fear of the present or the future because we are in His strong loving arms (John 10:27-30).

The eternal God was at the beginning of our refuge, our dwelling place, and He is still at the beginning - always in our presence.  He is here now, and there is no need to fear the present unfathomable circumstances.  “The eternal God is your dwelling place.  “Underneath are the everlasting arms.” Whose arms are underneath us?  “The everlasting God is your dwelling place.”

The Hebrew root for “underneath” is the idea of beaten down, the bottom.  It is the uttermost limit and “underneath” everything.

How far has your experience in the unfathomable present, changes, and circumstances taken you today?  Death, suffering, weakness, temptation – how far down into the darkness has your fear of the unknown taken you?  Death, suffering, sickness, weakness, temptation – how far have you tasted life?  How profound has been your experience of sorrow?  How far down have you fallen in weakness?  How close have you come to death and illness?  If you should respond, “But I have never been deeper than I am right now,” listen again to these words.  “Underneath,” even lower than that, “are the everlasting arms of the eternal God.” When you feel beaten down to the bottom, He is still there.

Beyond the ultimate reach of your imagination and thought, the vanishing point of this life is His everlasting arms.  The God of the beginning and the end is your dwelling place.  There is nothing in my life that is unknown to the eternal God.  Nothing!

Pause.  Reflect on the words of the risen, glorified, seated Lord Jesus Christ in heaven.  “I AM… the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades.”

Take a moment and fill in the blanks to this application of God’s word in your life.

The God of ___________ is my dwelling place, and underneath ___________ are His everlasting arms.

He is the God of the everlasting arms, and it is impossible to sink beneath them.



Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006





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Wil is a graduate of William Carey University, B. A.; New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Th. M.; and Azusa Pacific University, M. A. He has pastored in Panama, Ecuador and the U. S, and served for over 20 years as missionary in Ecuador and Honduras. He had a daily expository Bible teaching ministry head in over 100 countries from 1972-2005. He continues to seek opportunities to be personally involved in world missions. Wil and his wife Ann have three grown daughters. He currently serves as a Baptist pastor and teaches seminary extension courses in Ecuador.


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