Morning, November 11, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“Underneath are the everlasting arms.” — Deuteronomy 33:27
God–the eternal God–is himself our support always, 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 you are at your worst and lowest point, still “underneath” you “are everlasting arms.” Sin may drag you ever so low, but Christ’s great reconciliation 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 painful trials from all around. Every earthly support is cut away. What then? Still underneath him are “the everlasting arms.” He cannot fall so deep in distress and affliction that the covenant grace of an ever-faithful God will not still encircle him. The Christian may be sinking under trouble from within himself 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 accomplish 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 the Jordan, we shall be able to say with David, “I will fear no evil, for you are 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 languish nor lose their strength, for the “Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired.”