To venable (verb): To randomly muse upon this and that.

Do you ever feel that your life is falling apart? Are you ever in a situation of wondering how you are ever going to get through some event you are anticipating? In the difficulties of life the non-Christian is cast upon the vagaries of what life throws at them. However, the Christian’s lot is so much more blessed. The Christian has a God whom they can rely on to protect them through all the rigours of life.

The Word of God says The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms (Deut 33:27a). When all around us there is turbulence and uncertainty, we can find a place of safety in our God. Our God is our dwelling place where we know warmth and protection. Notice the word does not say “was” or “shall be”; it says “is”. He always is our refuge. We do not have to wonder whether he will be there for us. Here is a promise of permanent security in our God in the midst of life’s troubles. Furthermore, He is our eternal God. There will never be a time when He will not be our God. Thereby there will never be a time when He will not be our refuge.

Jesus, my heart’s dear Refuge
has died for me;
Firm on the Rock of Ages
Ever my trust shall be.

But this God is also the One who has everlasting arms. It is not surprising that His arms are everlasting because He is eternal. So these arms are always there. Moreover, because He is the Eternal God, He is also always strong enough to bear all of our weight. Like a baby in the arms of his/her mother, there is never any doubt that these arms are strong enough to hold us.

Accordingly, we can think of ourselves with every potential problem and issue in life. We can think of the burdens that bear upon us and sometimes we feel are crushing us. Then we realise that underneath are the everlasting arms. When we fall under the strains and stresses of life, His arms are strong enough to bear us up. We can never fall into an abyss where everything falls and fails forever. We have everlasting arms that always will hold; they always will catch us. Never will our burdens prove to heavy for His arms.

To which you say “I do not always feel these things”. But the Lord’s promise here is unconditional; it is a statement of fact. Whether we feel it or not he is always our refuge and His arms are always there.

We raise then the question: will there ever be an end to these things? No, never! We are His; we belong to Jesus. And He, to whom we belong, says: I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand (John 10:28). These arms will never be removed and never will their strength diminish. Moreover He has promised to be with us always:

God has said,Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” (Heb. 13:5b-6)

How can we be assured that all this is true? We go to Calvary. We see our Saviour God, Jesus, there dying upon the cross. Here is love vast as the oceans. Here is the Son of God loving me and giving Himself for Me. Everlastingly we are safe in His refuge and held in His arms. The cross of Christ tells us that God is committed to us with such a passion that He gave of His best. He gave of his Son. And we are eternally blessed in Him.

So whatever, mental, emotional, physical or spiritual affliction shall come upon me I shall not fear. Let us go on knowing that His refuge is secure enough and His arms are strong enough for all our needs. And let us thankfully sing:

Safe in the arms of Jesus,
Safe from corroding care,
Safe from the world’s temptations;
Sin cannot harm me there.

Taken from Feltham Evangelical Church newsletter of July 2012

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