Underneath are the everlasting arms

source: biblefood.org
source: biblefood.org

Deuteronomy 33:27: The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.

The eternal God

That God is eternal makes all the difference in our perspective of Him. It means he does not have an origin in time. And when He tells you something you better believe it because He knows the end from the beginning. He is trustworthy because He is not confined by the limits of time and space. He is eternal. He cannot be ranked with any other. Even Satan has a point of origin, it was the highest level of self-delusion for him to think that he can successfully rebel against God and get away with it.

He declares the end from the beginning and the things to come many years before they happen (Isaiah 46:9-10). He said: my counsel will stand and I will do all my pleasure. Nothing meets Him unawares; He cannot be ambushed.

Nebuchadnezzar confirmed that He is one with supreme dominion (Daniel 4:34-37). No one can stay his hand, or say to him: what are you doing? He owes no one an explanation. He is the almighty. He manifests himself the ways He wants to.

He cannot and would not be boxed. Paul said: unto the king eternal the only wise God, be glory and honour and power forever (1Timothy 1:17). There is no changing His status as God. He speaks and it stands firm. He is the supreme one. He is the mighty one.

The eternal God is not a product of the imagination of humanity and does not evolve based on their consideration. He is to be discovered. That is why we have the bible to guide us in that discovery.

Your refuge

For the almighty to be your refuge is the height of security. David wrote: “The person that dwells in the secret place of the most high shall abide under the hand of the almighty. He will say of the Lord: ‘you are my refuge, my God in whom I trust (Psalm 91:1-3).’ ”

The Lord our God is mighty, maker of heaven and earth. While he was running away from Saul, David realised that the Lord was his refuge and his very present help in time of trouble. That time was a troubling time for him. He was running away for his life.

Twice he was face to face with King Saul and he threw a spear at him (1Samuel 18:11), but he escaped with his life by whiskers. Then for a long time Saul, with thousands of the choicest soldiers in Israel, was after David and his men who were just a few hundred in number, mostly untrained and inexperienced as soldiers.

There was a time, while he was in the wilderness and the army of Israel almost caught up with him but King Saul heard a report the Philistines were attacking Israel, and he called off the chase (1Samuel 23:26-29).

As refuge, God protects you from all evil, guides you on all sides. No evil shall befall you and no plague will come near your dwelling. The Lord our refuge confers protection on us from all attacks. We are impregnable, because our life is hid in Christ in God (Colossians 3:3).

Everlasting arms

With the everlasting arms we experience unsurpassed support. We can say: my God is with me like a mighty terrible one (Jeremiah 20:11). While Jesus was leaving the earth, he told the disciples: behold, I am with you always till the end of the age (Matthew 28:20). David wrote: the Lord is my help (Psalm 33:20). Habakkuk says of God: he makes my feet like hind’s feet, and set me upon my high places (Habakkuk 3:19). David said: my God is my king of old working salvation in the midst of the earth (Psalm 74:12).

The everlasting arms ensure that you do not fall into the pit. It keeps you from trouble; with the everlasting arms you are secure. You are confident. Jesus said that those that God has given him are in God’s hand and no one can pluck them out of his father’s hand (John 10:27-30).

We also know that we are the apple of the eyes of God.  We have no fear because we are guided, guarded, and lifted above all the powers of the enemy. We experience all these because we walk by faith not by sight (2Corinthians 5:7). Though we do not see God, we live in the reality of His protection and provision.

Enemies thrust before you

There can be no darkness that can survive the light of God (John 1:1-5); there can be no confrontation that can stop us from moving on into the will of God. Paul wrote: if God be for us who can be against us. Jesus said that he has given us authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemies and nothing shall by any means harm us (Luke 10:19).

In the name of the Lord, we destroy the enemies that rise up against us (Psalm 118:1-12). We know that we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities and power, against spiritual wickedness in high places (2Corinthians 10:4). We wrestle from the standpoint of being more than conquerors (Romans 8:37) because what gives us victory over the world is our faith. And greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world (1John 4:4; 5:4).

When we move, we move with the power of God. We receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon us and we witness of Him with that power (Acts 1:8). We are living testimonies of the victory of Jesus on the cross and because of that we break away from the power of darkness and we are in the embrace of the light of God (Colossians 1:13).

We have a higher life, the very life of God. Because we died with Christ it means that we are also raised with him, so that now we walk in the newness of life (Romans 6:3-4) and advance with the power of God


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