Underneath Are the Everlasting Arms
The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. He will drive out your enemy before you, saying, ‘Destroy him!’ (Deuteronomy 33:27 NIV).
These words are part of the concluding verses of Moses’ farewell blessing to the tribes of Israel. Here he points out the fact that the eternal God is their refuge. A refuge speaks of a place of safety and shelter. This shelter is not a makeshift one. It is a shelter that is eternal. It cannot and does not change. The word eternal communicates to us the immenseness of this shelter. In all our wanderings and in all our pursuits, God remains our shelter.
The word shelter often brings to our mind a kind of protection that has got a covering on top; like a tent cover or a roof. But here the picture not only is of a shelter which has a covering on top, it also speaks of the everlasting arms underneath. When arms are supporting you from beneath, you are always held up so that you may not fall. So God not only is a covering shelter above us, He is also the support that upholds us in our walk. The word everlasting communicates to us the fact that God’s support can never fail; it continues for ever.
God is thus your shelter and your support. He also is the destroyer of your enemies. He drives out your enemy before you and telling you to destroy him. This blessing from Moses had come as the Israelites were getting ready to cross the Jordan to take possession of the Promised Land. You also might be getting ready to cross over to the land of God’s promise. God might have shown you the spiritual blessings you could inherit if you conquer something in your lives. The enemy might look imposing; but take heart, He will drive it out!