All the hardships and sufferings we go through will seem like nothing when we get to Heaven.
“Underneath are the everlasting arms.” Deuteronomy 33:27
God–the eternal God–is himself our support at all times, and especially when we are sinking in deep trouble. There are seasons when the Christian sinks very low in humiliation. Under a deep sense of his great sinfulness, he is humbled before God till he scarcely knows how to pray, because he appears, in his own sight, so worthless. Well, child of God, remember that when thou art at thy worst and lowest, yet “underneath” thee “are everlasting arms.” Sin may drag thee ever so low, but Christ’s great atonement is still under all. You may have descended into the deeps, but you cannot have fallen so low as “the uttermost;” and to the uttermost he saves. Again, the Christian sometimes sinks very deeply in sore trial from without. Every earthly prop is cut away. What then? Still underneath him are “the everlasting arms.” He cannot fall so deep in distress and affliction but what the covenant grace of an ever-faithful God will still encircle him. The Christian may be sinking under trouble from within through fierce conflict, but even then he cannot be brought so low as to be beyond the reach of the “everlasting arms”–they are underneath him; and, while thus sustained, all Satan’s efforts to harm him avail nothing.
This assurance of support is a comfort to any weary but earnest worker in the service of God. It implies a promise of strength for each day, grace for each need, and power for each duty. And, further, when death comes, the promise shall still hold good. When we stand in the midst of Jordan, we shall be able to say with David, “I will fear no evil, for thou art with me.” We shall descend into the grave, but we shall go no lower, for the eternal arms prevent our further fall. All through life, and at its close, we shall be upheld by the “everlasting arms”–arms that neither flag nor lose their strength, for “the everlasting God fainteth not, neither is weary.”
From “Morning And Evening”, by Charles Spurgeon, pg. 632
When communist authorities in Romania forced Richard Wurmbrand into a van as he walked to church on Febuary 29, 1948, he had a good reason to be scared. But he remembered something that morning that really helped him. This is what he said:
“I knew that I faced questioning, ill-treatment, possibly years of imprisonment and death, and I wondered if my faith was strong enough. I remembered then that in the Bible it is written 366 times – once for every day of the year – ‘Don’t be afraid!’ 366 times, not merely 365, to account for leap year. And this was February 29 – a coincidence that told me I need not fear!”
–Richard Wurmbrand, In God’s Underground
If you’re not in the midst of a trial, then you can be sure one is on its way. That’s the way of life on this earth, so we need to acknowledge it and be prepared.
And how do you prepare? By realizing that God, and God alone, holds your life and well-being in His hands. He alone is sufficient! Our help comes from the One who made the heavens and the earth, the One who loves us with an everlasting love.
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD and whose trust is the LORD. For he will be like a tree planted by the water, that extends its roots by a stream and will not fear when the heat comes; but its leaves will be green, and it will not be anxious in a year of drought nor cease to yield fruit” (Jeremiah 17:7-8).
Indeed, we–you and I–can have green leaves in times of drought. Even then we can bear fruit if we will place our trust in the Lord.
Lord, I thank You that my fruitfulness, my survival in drought, does not depend on the weather but on where I’m rooted. O Lord, I purposely extend my roots to You, the eternal spring, the fountain of living waters. Thank You for the promise of green leaves even in times of drought.
From “Search My Heart, O God”, by Kay Arthur, pg.377
Scripture is from “The New American Standard Bible” (NASB)
Let your suffering heart find comfort in this wonderful hymn.