Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
The everlasting God is a refuge, and underneath you are his eternal arms; he has driven out enemies before you, and has said, “Destroy!” Deuteronomy 33.27
Deuteronomy is Moses’ repetition of the law. The Israelites are on the verge of entering the land that God promised to Abraham. Moses will not enter the land. Joshua will lead the people. The words above are some of the last words that Moses will speak to the people. He wants them to remember this as they go in to conquer the land. God is everlasting. He is always there and he will not leave. He is a refuge, a safe place where we can abide without fear. We are held in his eternal arms where nothing can harm us. He will protect us. The same holds true today. As long as we are walking in the light in obedience to his word found in the Bible, God is our refuge and strength. Let us be careful to remain in this refuge. For just as the Israelites sinned and were eventually sent into captivity, I can remove myself from God’s love and grace. The joy of having God as my refuge compels me to move forward sharing this news with others.