Listen to this devotional:
Deuteronomy 33:27a – The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. (KJV)
When we moved to Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada, seventeen years ago, one thing I hadn't seen before was a logging truck — one of those big trucks that haul trees from the forest to the lumber mill. I was from the bald-headed prairie, where there were no trees to cut down and haul away.
These trucks are huge. The trees on them are huge. There are many logs on one loaded truck. Some are longer than others. Some are rougher than others. Some are a different colour. These trucks are taking the logs to a mill where they will be made into useable lumber, into paper, into pencils, into numerous items that are useful to us. What holds the trees on the trucks are big steel arms, on each side. Those arms are strong. They have to be, in order to hold that many huge trees.
Jesus' arms hold us. Do we see the likeness between the arms on the logging trucks and the Lord's arms holding us? Some of us are rough — with harshness spewing out of our mouths. Some of us have long parts that have been with us a long time — like grudges. Some are a different colour — or turn a different colour, showing our anger or jealousy. But Jesus' arms are holding us strongly — no matter what we are like. He loves us and cares for us and is carrying us to the place where we will be made into something more useful than we are now. His arms are strong enough to carry us to our final destination with Him in glory. Praise His name!
Prayer: Thank You, Lord Jesus, for Your strong arms. Thank You that You carry us along life's road to places where we will change to become more like You. You will take Your people to heaven to be with You. Help us to rest confidently in Your arms today. Amen.