The words “everlasting arms” has been coming to me a lot lately. There is a great scripture verse Deuteronomy 33:27 that talked about God’s everlasting arms carrying us and He shouts, “Destroy them.” to the enemy.
I started thinking about resting in someone’s arms. I remember falling asleep as a child in the car after a long drive and my dad carrying me into the house. I loved that and I can’t even really explain what I loved about it.
There were times I would even pretend to be asleep so my dad would carry me in. I remember hearing him say “I think she is playing opossum.” And I was. I felt completely safe and relaxed in my father’s arms.
Now I have the opportunity to carry my children in the house when they fall asleep. I smile at those tender moments. I love carrying them in the house and putting them to bed.
For a while they fight it. Heads will bob and up and down, back and forth and they start to slip into the sweet peace of sleep. Finally, they give in and they find the rest they have been fighting for the last several minutes.
All of this made me think that if I love carrying my children when they need rest, how much God must love carrying us when we need rest.
Yet, we fight it, don’t we? We try to pretend we don’t need the rest, we can do everything on our own. Eventually we realize we do need rest and there is only one place to get it.
In our Father’s arms.
And His arms are ready for us. When we are ready give to up the fight He will take over. We can fall into His everlasting arms and find rest. He will hold you close and shout, “Destroy them!” to whatever enemy is trying to defeat you.
So my challenge to you is rest. Fall into His arms and rest.
If you’re a parent picture your own children sleeping in your arms. If you’re not a parent try to remember when you were all tired out and your parents carried you. Now picture yourself in Jesus’ arms, completely at peace, completely at rest.
Allow Him to do all that He longs and stop fighting. He will fight for you, that’s what He has wanted all along.
The eternal God is our refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you. He drives out the enemy before you; he cries out, ‘Destroy them!’ Deuteronomy 33:27 NLT
Have you been fighting God on anything lately? Why are you fighting? What are you fighting? Are you ready to rest in Him? Share with us, I would love to pray for you.