God Has Everlasting Arms
"The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms." (Deuteronomy 33:27)
The highlight of each fall in Andrew's hometown is attending the Riley Days Festival downtown. Every year, their town has a parade, live entertainment, craft booths, and yummy food filling the streets surrounding the courthouse. Andrew's family always looked forward to Riley Days, and they would usually set aside the entire weekend for attending the festival.
During one of these Riley Days evenings, Andrew was having a hard time keeping up with the rest of the family. He had sprained his neck during a dodge ball game earlier that day, and it was really starting to bother him as their family walked around the festival.
Finally, Andrew asked his dad, "Will you carry me?" His dad was glad to carry him, and Andrew was so relieved. It was wonderful to let his body go limp in his dad's arms. Andrew did not have put out all that energy to hold his head up. He could trust in his dad's strength to carry him in a time when he was very weak.
In the same way that Andrew's dad was glad to carry him around the festival that night, your heavenly Father will carry you through difficult times. When you are facing troubles and feel overwhelmed by the weight of them, let God carry you through them. He commands us to cast our care upon Him. Why? Because He cares for us. When you are weakest, He is always strong. Read His Word, and take comfort in His promises to you. God's "arms" will never get tired (His strength and comfort and grace will never wear out) as He carries you through those difficult times. The Bible says that He has "everlasting arms."
If you are facing difficult circumstances and have been trying to work hard in your own strength--stop it! Crawl into your heavenly Daddy's arms; trust Him; and let Him carry you.
God is a refuge, and He has everlasting arms.
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Truth In Real Life
“We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties.”
Oswald Chambers was born into a pastor’s household in Aberdeen, Scotland, on July 24, 1874. When he was in his teens, after hearing Charles Spurgeon preach, Oswald was walking home with his father. He told his father that, had he been given the opportunity that morning, he would have trusted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. His father stopped walking and led him to the Savior right there on the sidewalk.
At first, Chambers had no plans to enter the ministry. Instead, he studied at the Kensington School of Art, and then he attended the University of Edinburgh, where he studied fine arts and archaeology. While in college, he felt called to the ministry and transferred to a school where he could study the Bible. Unfortunately, he became bored with the Bible and thought it was “dull.” He did not feel that God was really with him anymore. He would continue to feel this way for four long years before discovering his true problem.
What was wrong with Oswald Chambers? He realized that he had been seeking God’s blessing and power so that he could live a happy and wonderful life – not so that he could please God. Once he realized this total selfishness, his attitude changed; and he began growing in his love for Jesus Christ and the Bible again. He traveled the world and told everyone about the Gospel. He started a school and shared many wonderful devotionals whenever he was invited to speak.
His wife took careful notes on each of his devotionals and made the decision to publish them into a book after Oswald Chambers died. The book is titled My Utmost for His Highest. Thousands have grown closer to God with the help of this God-centered book.
Do you enjoy your Bible reading, or do you find it boring? What might be wrong with your heart’s priorities?
Jeremiah 15:16 – Your words were found, and I ate them, and Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; for I am called by Your name, O LORD God of hosts.