Sunday, September 2, 2012
Pleasant Stone Devotional Meditation: September 2
“The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee …”
The eternal God who is love, is our refuge. And every minute of every hour of every day of our lives in the arms of this eternal God are underneath us. This is not true because He would not be free to take His arms away. He could take them away at any time He chose to do it. This is God and He is omnipotent and that means that all power to do anything belongs to Him. He could take them away right now. But much joy to the all the world, we know He won’t.
He could, but He won’t. Because this “eternal God” with these “everlasting arms” is Jesus Christ. These same arms were stretched out willingly on the Cross because He loved us so much. Why, by the wildest flight of anyone’s imagination, would we possibly think that the heart that the wide those gentle arms at Calvary, would withdraw them now?
“I and the Father are one.” The Father will never do anything Jesus wouldn’t do. They are one. We are not expected to understand this, but we can make use of it. If you feel you have been “dropped” by God, try to imagine Jesus suddenly tiring of the whole process of bringing the little dead girl to life (Luke 8:49-56. Try to imagine that just as He had taken her hand to call her back, He suddenly dropped that little hand and turned away to attend to something else!
The same hand that took hold of that little girl has taken hold of you. These same “everlasting arms” are under you. They will remain because nothing changes Jesus Christ. They will continue to hold you (even if you feel dead) because they are the same arms that stretched themselves across the blank space between you and the Father, at Calvary.
“And he came and took her by the hand and lifted her up… he took them in his arms, his hands are upon them, and blessed them … underneath ARE the everlasting arms.