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
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
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
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
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