(J.R. Miller, “Evening Thoughts” 1907)
“The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms!” Deuteronomy 33:27
Of course God has no arms; but He reveals Himself to us in human language — the only language we could understand.
We know what a mother‘s arms, a father‘s arms, mean to a child. But human arms are frail, and any hour their embrace may be withdrawn. The other day a child was grieving by his mother’s coffin — but the arms which had clasped the boy always so tenderly, could not move to comfort him.
But the arms of God are “everlasting.” God holds His redeemed children in the strong embrace of His love! No matter what may come to us of danger, of calamity, of terror — they will still and ever enfold us.
These arms of God are ever and always “underneath” us. However low we may sink away in pain, in weakness, in sorrow — we shall never sink out of the divine arms! Jesus said no one can snatch His loved ones out of His hands.
In death, when we shall sink out of every human embrace — we shall still be in the clasp of God’s love and His everlasting arms will be underneath us. Such a word as this assures us of eternal security in God’s love!
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