Charles Spurgeon: Morning and Evening
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
“Underneath are the everlasting arms.”
God–the eternal God–is himself our support at all times, and especially when we are sinking in deep trouble.
There are seasons when the Christian sinks very low in humiliation. Under a deep sense of his great sinfulness, he is humbled before God till he scarcely knows how to pray, because he appears, in his own sight, so worthless.
Well, child of God, remember that when thou art at thy worst and lowest, yet “underneath” thee “are everlasting arms.”
Sin may drag thee ever so low, but Christ’s great atonement is still under all.
You may have descended into the deeps, but you cannot have fallen so low as “the uttermost;” and to the uttermost he saves.
Again, the Christian sometimes sinks very deeply in sore trial from without. Every earthly prop is cut away. What then?
Still underneath him are “the everlasting arms.” He cannot fall so deep in distress and affliction but what the covenant grace of an ever-faithful God will still encircle him.
The Christian may be sinking under trouble from within through fierce conflict, but even then he cannot be brought so low as to be beyond the reach of the “everlasting arms”–they are underneath him; and, while thus sustained, all Satan’s efforts to harm him avail nothing.
This assurance of support is a comfort to any weary but earnest worker in the service of God.
It implies a promise of strength for each day, grace for each need, and power for each duty.
And, further, when death comes, the promise shall still hold good.
When we stand in the midst of Jordan, we shall be able to say with David, “I will fear no evil, for thou art with me.”
We shall descend into the grave, but we shall go no lower, for the eternal arms prevent our further fall.
All through life, and at its close, we shall be upheld by the “everlasting arms”–arms that neither flag nor lose their strength, for “the everlasting God fainteth not, neither is weary.”
“There are times when we all think, ‘I’m going under for the last time! I’m about to sink!’
No matter how deep you are, God’s love is deeper than your problem.
Corrie ten Boom and Betsy ten Boom were Christians who lived in the Netherlands during World War II.
They hid Jews in their home to protect them from the Nazis.
When they were discovered, not only were the Jews taken to the concentration camp but Corrie and Betsy were taken as well, and they spent the rest of the war there.
After watching one atrocity after another, Corrie told Betsy, ‘This place is the pit of hell!” Betsy replied, “There is no pit so deep that God’s love is not deeper.’
In the last few months, you may have hit bottom financially and you think, ‘I am going broke!’
Or, you’ve hit bottom emotionally, or your marriage has hit bottom, or you’re having health problems.
You’re frustrated and you think, ‘I’m going under.’
Where is God when you hit bottom?
He’s right there underneath you. He is “your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you.” (Deuteronomy 33:27 NLT)
Drop into his arms of love. Let him catch you and support you when you have nowhere else to go.”
Wherever you are today and however discouraged you may be, rest assured that God’s everlasting arms are there to hold you up.
There are never any limitations to the power that is available 24/7 to bear you up, under any and all situations; and the only limitation to our receiving all that God has for us, to support us and undergird us, lies between our own two ears!
As Jesus said, “All things are possible, if only you can believe” (Mark 9:23)
Come join the Adventure!
Jesus Christ, God’s Son, Savior
Let everything that has breath praise the LORD!
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