Everlasting Strength

I love Deuteronomy 33:27.  It says, “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms; He will thrust out the enemy from before you, and will say, Destroy!”

We are continually upheld, undergirded, enveloped, sustained, and kept by His everlasting arms.  He spoke of His strength to Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:9.  He helped Paul understand that in his times of greatest weakness, God’s strength would be most evident.  I’m paraphrasing.  Paul could have said, ‘Oh, I get it now Lord!  It’s when I realize how weak I really am, I can truly rejoice because I’m being upheld by Your strength!’

The Red Sea was an in-your-face impossibility for the children of Israel.  Pharaoh and his army were behind them.  The Red Sea was in front of them.  They were hemmed in.  They could not go around it, turn back, or go through.  In their moment of weakness, God revealed His strength.  He parted the Red Sea, they went across on dry ground, and the Lord used their impossibility to destroy their enemies.

Jericho’s thick walled city was another impossibility.  It stood between them and God’s promise to them.  God gave them specific instructions.  As they carried them out, He caused the impossible barrier to fall down flat.  What stands between you and God’s promise?

Our flesh reacts to the impossible.  Why?  We focus on our inability.  We are looking at our weakness rather than His strength.  I love Psalm 18.  It comes from 2 Samuel 22.  Verse 1 says, “Then David spoke to the Lord the words of this song, on the day when the Lord had delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul.”

In Psalm 18:1-2 we see David’s focus on the Lord.  It says, “I will love You, O Lord, my strength.  The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”

When we ‘think’ that we cannot take it anymore, that is our signal to course correct.  It indicates that our thoughts are on ourself instead of Him.  David was overwhelmed.  These are his words to us on how to refocus.  Psalm 61:1-2 says, “Hear my cry, O God; attend to my prayer.  From the end of the earth I will cry to You.  When my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”

Our heart is our belief center.  When it is overwhelmed it’s because our mind, will, and emotions are impacted by our self-focus.  Look up.  Psalm 121:-1-2 says, “I will lift up my eyes to the hills–from whence comes my help?  My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”  Verse 8 says, “The Lord shall preserve (keep) your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore.”

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