A refuge is a place of protection. It is a place of safety. It is a place of encouragement in a time of need. Today we will read about the ultimate Refuge, the eternal God.
We shall only sink into the everlasting arms!
“The eternal God is your refuge–and underneath are the everlasting arms!” Deuteronomy 33:27
If we are held in the clasp of the everlasting arms–we need not fear that we shall ever be separated from the enfolding. “Underneath.” They are always underneath us. No matter how low we sink in weakness, in fainting, in pain, in sorrow–we never can sink below these everlasting arms. We can never drop out of their clasp!
God’s love is deeper than human sorrow. Sorrow is very deep, but still and forever, in the greatest grief–these arms of Divine love are underneath the believing sufferer.
God’s love is deeper than death. When every earthly support is gone from beneath us, when every human arm unclasps and every face fades from before our eyes, and we sink away into what seems darkness and the shadow of death–we shall only sink into the everlasting arms!
Drop your plummet into the deepest sea of sorrow, and at the end of your soundings: “Underneath are the everlasting arms!”
What abiding consolation! What all-embracing, never-failing strength!
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Tomorrow, we will look at a companion devotion on “The Valley of Weeping.”
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001