In His Arms

“The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.” -Deuteronomy 33:27 (NIV)

Crocodiles have an odd way of carrying their young. When wanting to transport her children, a female crocodile would gather them up in a most unexpected place; her mouth! It truly seems like a dangerous place to be in, and in fact from the outside it almost looks as if the crocodile is devouring her babies. However, crocodiles are extremely protective of their offspring and would never wish any harm to come to them. The young crocodile knows that they are safe in the powerful jaws of their mother. Who would dare confront the full strength of such a great reptile; especially if they were protecting the nascent lives of their young? When the mother lets her children run free from her mouth, each and every one of them emerges in good condition.

Sometimes we may wonder if we are truly safe in the will of God. The path which he has called us to walk may be filled with trials and struggles of many kinds. When we are thrust into the midst of such moments, it is tempting to question whether this is our purpose; that God has placed us in such circumstances only to watch us suffer. But God is quite unlike what our circumstances might portray Him as. He is not malevolent or spiteful. While man in their fallen nature may use their power to inflict suffering on others, God is not bound by our human failings. He is perfect in goodness and love; assuring us in His Word that He has plans not to harm us, but to give us hope and a future. When we have placed our trust in His Son, Jesus Christ, and allow Him to carry out His redemptive work in our lives, we can rest in the knowledge that God uses our moments of darkness to prove His never-failing providence. He is victorious over the misery of this world because He is able to use our sufferings to strengthen our faith in Him so that He may perfect His righteousness in us. When we choose to trust in Him, we will be able to dwell in His powerful, everlasting arms knowing that He will always be our eternal refuge and will guide us on the path to life according to His plan for our lives.

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

Shelter in Him

“But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.” -2 Thessalonians 3:3 (NIV)

When London was being bombarded by Nazi Germany during the Second World War, the city’s inhabitants would use the famous London Underground as a massive air raid shelter. As the sirens would ring throughout the city informing them that the planes of the Luftwaffe were near, the people of London would rush to the nearest subway stations for protection. There are pictures of entire families sleeping on the platforms as they waited for the bombs to stop. These underground sanctuaries kept them safe from the bombs pounding their city and they were able to rest knowing that as long as they took refuge in these subterranean shelters, they would not fear being killed. Outside the shelter death was waiting for them, but inside there was life.

Where do we turn to find protection and strength from temptation? Often to all the wrong places. If we do not willingly go forth into it, we try to seek refuge and strength in shelters that will not stand firm against the relentless assault of sin. It could be philosophies that claim to a strong moral foundation that will protect us from destroying ourselves in wickedness. Perhaps we think our own willpower will give us the strength to fight temptation and protect us from becoming ensnared. However, when temptation strikes, these shelters crumble like a building before a falling bomb. Where then can we turn to for sanctuary? It can only be found in Christ who has conquered sin and death. Through His blood the penalty for our sin is paid in full and by His resurrection we find shelter and hope in the promise of a life that is secure. When we have allowed Him to enter our hearts, He will empower us by His Spirit to fight against temptation. As we walk closely with Him, rooting ourselves in His Word and allowing Christ to train us in His righteousness, we will be safe from sin and its consequences. Should we choose to remain outside Him, we will be led along the path to a death far worse than the physical. But when we choose to remain in Him, we will find life everlasting and a peace that will never be taken away.

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

Watch Where You’re Going!

“Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure.”- Proverbs 4:28 (ESV)

When I started my first year of university, I used to travel between home and classes by bicycle. One day as I was returning home, my mind was drifting when I suddenly collided into something. Thankfully I was not hurt. But the irony of the situation was that as I looked up to see what obstructed my path, my eyes met with a giant red stop sign. Had the sign not been there, I would have biked casually away from the security of the sidewalk and onto the main road; thereby placing me in a potentially dangerous situation. Signs are there for our benefit. They prompt us to consider the route we are taking and travel with the safety of both ourselves and others in mind.

How often do we fail to think about the steps we take? Sometimes we are so absorbed with seeing that our desires be met that we do not heed the voice of God. When Christ’s Spirit is residing within us He will stir our hearts in order to get our attention and help us discern how to proceed according to His plan for our lives. He will speak through His Word, and through the people He brings along our path, His wisdom and truth. It is not in His will or nature to seek our destruction. On the contrary He is the giver and preserver of life. Christ has already provided for us the means by which we can live within His protective umbrella. The question is will we choose to pay attention to Him? Will we choose to reflect on our actions through His divine wisdom and listen to His Spirit’s prompting? If we have made an idol out of our human wisdom and desires, we will be numb towards Christ and oblivious to His voice when He warns us of danger. But when we make that decision to listen to His Spirit and walk in obedience to His will, only then will we find security and confidence in the path we travel.

Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.