Years ago someone shared this truth that has often encouraged me:
Anything that comes to believers must first go through Christ.
Why? Because those who believe in Jesus are “in” Christ. He is our dwelling place, our refuge, our eternal home.
The eternal God is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms… DT 33:27
The uncreated, eternal, sovereign God is our dwelling place. This means that anything that comes to us must first go through him. He determines the intensity and length of every challenge we face. Nothing takes him by surprise. No affliction can be an ounce heavier than God says. A trial can’t last one second longer than God has determined. God knows exactly what we need and exactly what we can handle by his grace.
The eternal God is our dwelling place. Satan can’t hurt us. He had to ask God for permission every time he afflicted Job and God set strict limits – “You can do this and this, but NO MORE.” And Satan had to obey. He can only do what God allows and God works all he does for our good.
The eternal God is our dwelling place. We may lose everything in this world, yet in the eternal God we are secure. The eternal God becomes our dwelling place now in this life, the moment we believe in Jesus. We don’t have to wait until we die to enter our eternal dwelling place. This is ultimate security, ultimate peace.
Everything in this world is temporary.
Our physical bodies will get weak and frail and eventually succumb to disease or just wear out. We don’t like to think about it, but we’re regularly reminded that we won’t be here forever. Robin William’s tragic suicide reminds us. A truck accident claimed a life this morning in my hometown. I’ve done three or four funerals in recent months. Last week someone sent me a list of my high school graduating class, and a number of my classmates had “deceased” by their names. Gone. Their lives are over. Mine will be too one of these days. I’m so glad the eternal God is my dwelling place.
Underneath are the everlasting arms.
Therefore God will make sure we make it to the end. He will lift us up when we fall. And he will let nothing separate us from his love in Christ Jesus. Even at the end of our lives, even if we lose our minds, memories and consciousness his everlasting arms will uphold us.
My mother had Alzheimer’s the last 7 years of her life. When she was first diagnosed, she said to us, “I don’t ever want to forget Jesus, and I don’t ever want to forget you,” to which I said, “Mom, even if you forget us, we won’t forget you, and I know this – even if you forget Jesus, he will NEVER forget you.”
Have you fallen? Failed? Blown it? Don’t give up.
Underneath are the everlasting arms. If you ask him, Jesus will restore you and lift you. He is upholding you and will never let you go.
Remember, anything that comes to believers must first go through Christ. If you are in Christ praise him and thank him for opening your blind eyes and bringing you into this wonderful love and security. Things may look bleak in this world, but you have an eternal dwelling place and everlasting arms beneath you.