Underneath are the everlasting arms

Can you remember being in someone’s arms?

Perhaps the first thought which comes to mind is being in the arms of a loved one. Perhaps this was (or is) a romance, or even a supportive hug from a fast friend.

Another thought which might come to mind is a time of trial. Perhaps you were so distraught that you needed someone to lift you up and stabilize you.

Think further back. Remember getting carried to bed as a child, or into the house from the car after a long road trip?

And then, of course, there are those times you don’t even remember. We were all babies once. Totally helpless. But in someone else’s arms.

Moses’ blessing upon Asher included these words: “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms” (Deuteronomy 33:27).

You’re not a child any more. But you’re still a child. A child of God. Busy schedules, responsibilities, invisible bruises and tough decisions can make us think we’re more self-sufficient than we are. You sometimes hear parents say that their children will always be their children no matter how old they get. Isn’t that how God continues to think about us?

Today, I invite you to pay attention to those arms. Those arms of refuge. The everlasting arms underneath you. Can you feel them? Be still for a moment. Notice.

If and when you stumble, fret or fall… he’s got you.

“The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.”


–The Up Devotional is published 5 days a week (Monday-Friday) and returns on December 13, 2021.

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