Leaning On The Everlasting Arms

Introduction: We learned earlier that in order to overcome life’s challenges, there are certain things we must do. These include – Looking unto Jesus, focusing on our goal, seeking for help, enduring the pain, encouraging ourselves, being at peace and depending on God’s grace. Yet another thing we can do as we seek to overcome the enemy is to lean on the Everlasting Arms of our Heavenly Father. One of the fundamental facts of life is that we all pass through diverse difficulties and we don’t always have the capacity to help ourselves except if we depend on God.

(Exodus 6: 1 – 8) 

God Reassures Moses: In Ex.6: 1 – 8, God sent Moses to reassure the children of Israel that He had not forgotten them. What was the problem? The Israelites had been under bondage in Egypt for more than four hundred years and there was no hope of deliverance. When they cried to God by reason of their affliction, God heard them and He sent Moses to deliver them from the hand of Pharaoh and the Egyptians who had been oppressing them.

The Rejection of Moses: When Moses delivered the message of God to Pharaoh he was rejected. Pharaoh asked Moses who his God was (Ex. 5: 1 – 2). Pharaoh not only rejected Moses and the God of Israel, he used the occasion to even increase their burden and their oppression. Pharaoh is a type and a shadow of our enemy the devil. There are times when we hear God speak His word of reassurance to us concerning our situation but rather than for things to get better, they take a turn for the worse. It is as though things were even better before God spoke to us. Sometimes we feel as though our life was better while we live in the world than now that we are living in God’s kingdom. You are not alone because I believe Joseph too must have felt this way; Job must have felt this way and indeed all those we call heroes of faith today must have felt this way. What then can we do when we feel the enemy is winning the battle?     

Leaning on the Everlasting Arms: Whenever we feel that God has forgotten us we must make a conscious effort to remember what He has done for us in the past and remember His promises that He has given to us either through His word or through personal revelation. That is how He reassured and encouraged Moses in Ex. 6:1 – 8. He said to Moses “I am the Lordand I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob by the name of God Almighty but by name JEHOVAH was I not known to them, and I have also established my covenant with them to give them the land of Canaan, the land of their pilgrimage wherein they were strangers (vs. 2 – 4). In this scripture, God reminded Moses not to forget that He is still the Covenant-keeping God and that He is able to make every promise He has given to become a reality. God also said in v.6 that “I am the LORD and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm and with great judgments.” In essence God is saying I will deliver you from your problems and your enemies at whatever cost. The same God that gave the promise to Moses is still our God today. You may not know how, you may when, but He will do it again because He has done it before. Remember all you need to do is to lean on His everlasting arms. They are strong enough to carry you through.   

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