The God of old is your dwelling place,
and underneath are the everlasting arms
During my early walk with God I used to listen to Elisabeth Elliot speak on her radio program, Gateway to Joy. I didn’t know what she meant when she spoke of the “everlasting arms” of God. It was foreign, kind of “out there” for a new believer, but I knew she was a strong believer and spoke with wisdom and truth grounded in Scripture. So I listened.
The concept of everlasting is not an easy one to grasp in today’s society. I think that is what makes this character trait of God so hard to embrace. We live in a culture where things are expected to break down, fall apart, get tossed out after a few uses. Nothing seems to be created to last-let alone last forever.
Marriages last only when things are going well. Then somewhere around year four or five, things get tough and one or both spouses decide this isn’t what they signed up for and so they sign their name on the line and end the marriage.
Relationships are treated more like handi-wipes. Use once and done. Toss it out, there is always another one available when it’s needed.
Parents become estranged from their children. Instead of fighting for reconciliation, they fight against the child that doesn’t conform to the way they think their child should behave.
And yet, at these very experiences God must weep. He designed us for forever. We each have these ever-living-never-dying-souls that will stand before Him one day. Will we each know the joy of hearing Him call to us, My child, come, enter into the Everlasting with Me? Or will we know the true sorrow of being told, Go away from me, I never knew you?
May this verse below be the Truth we each know…
I will give them, in My house and within My walls, a memorial and a name better than sons and daughters. I will give each of them an everlasting name that will never be cut off (Isaiah 56:5).
Such a promise for us from the Everlasting God (Isaiah 40:28) Who poured out His love for us at Calvary. This kind of Love, this kind of Grace, Mercy, Joy, and Covenant can only come from a God Who will truly be there for all Eternity.