“The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms” (Deuteronomy 33:27).
When we read these words, we are lifted into the atmosphere of eternity. We read of “the eternal God” and “the everlasting arms.” Getting this eternal perspective is so important. Very often, we get bogged down in things that are happening to us here and now. Sometimes, we feel trapped in our circumstances. There are so many things that we feel we can do nothing about. Life can feel like a downward spiral. We wonder, “Is there anything that can lift us up?” Where are we to look for something that can lift us out of our negative thoughts. Here’s something we always need to hear, something we need to keep on believing – “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.” What wonderful words we have here! What a great blessing they bring to us. As I was thinking about these words, I began thinking about a song called, “We’ve got a great, big, wonderful God.”
As I was watching this video, I was reminded of this description of God – “A God who loves every one of us, done so much for all of us, great big wonderful God.” What are we to say about this description of God? Notice that it focuses on his love. It reminds us of what he has done for us. God’s love – this is what we must think about when we read the words, “the eternal God.” The word “eternal” speaks to us of something mysterious, something that’s beyond our human experience. Eternal – this makes us think of something that’s far away and distant. Eternal – we don’t know what to make of this. Eternal – we’re not very comfortable with this. Eternal – this can make us back off, feeling that this is all too much for us to take in. Eternal – we don’t know what to make of this. When, however, we hear the word, “love”, everything changes. We feel that being drawn into the heart of God. There’s nothing greater than God’s love. There’s nothing bigger than God’s love. There’s nothing more wonderful than God’s love. When we speak of God’s love, we must remember than his love is eternal love. It’s always more than we can understand. The word, “eternal”, may leave us feeling confused – but the word, “love”, brings comfort to us. “The eternal God is our refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.” May these words, from the Lord, assure each of us that, when the going gets tough, the Lord will always be there for us. May they fill us with the faith that rejoices in this: the Lord will be with us, every step of the way.