Underneath Are the Everlasting Arms
By Hal Lindsey
In Matthew 16:2-3, Jesus admonished us to discern the times. That means, pay attention to what’s going on. Study and apply God’s word. And pray about everything. Today, we see signs of distress all over the world. We can see in real time things the Bible long ago told us about. And it’s not pretty. Lawlessness, moral confusion, slander, deception, hedonism, uncontrolled rage, and cruelty fill our sightlines. These things are no longer theoretical events to be analyzed from a distance. They’re happening all around us, and it can be scary.
But danger does not diminish God’s care.
In Isaiah 41:10, He said, “Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” [NASB] We stand in the middle of a tsunami of end-time events. Even those who don’t understand what’s happening, sense something foreboding in the news and seemingly in the air. But, despite all that, God still says to His people, “I will help you… I will uphold you.”
Deuteronomy 33:26-27 gives the dramatic picture of the omnipotent God flying through the heavens to bring you help. “There is none like the God of Jeshurun, Who rides the heavens to your help, And through the skies in His majesty. The eternal God is a dwelling place, And underneath are the everlasting arms.”
Jeshurun is a poetic term of endearment for Israel. The Septuagint translates it as “beloved one.” It literally means “the upright one.” If you have believed on Jesus, He has made you upright. He has given you the gift of His own righteous standing with God the Father.
And in time of need, He flies to your aid. He upholds you with His own perfect righteousness. His everlasting arms undergird your life. Those arms never tire, never grow weak. Psalms 121:4 says that He never slumbers. Psalms 100 says, “The Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations.” [NKJV] Everlasting mercy is mercy that never, ever ends.
Are we living in the last of the last days? Yes, I think we are. But “His precious and magnificent promises” (2 Peter 1:4) stand. Jesus remains your Good Shepherd (John 10:11). He’s still “the way, and the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). From Him still flows living water (John 4:10). You can still cast all your care on Him because He still cares for you (1 Peter 5:7).
End time events should strengthen our faith and our resolve. The word on which we have based our lives is again proving to be true. Yes, evil men are doing evil things, but in Psalms 37:1, God still says, “Do not fret because of evildoers.”
Hebrews 4:16 says, “Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need.” We can confidently draw near Him because His is the throne of grace. At His throne, you will find grace to help in times of need. That includes now!