Strong Arms

The last few days have been rough.  My husband’s out of town.  My kids are sick. (How do those two things always seem to coincide?)  Old tapes are playing in my thoughts of hurtful words spoken over the last few months.  Laundry is piling up.

I hate to admit how such petty things can leave me feeling weak and discouraged.  Then I go to the place that always sets my mind straight – God’s Word.  I recently finished reading through Deuteronomy.  I kept underlining a phrase that was repeated often when God described how He brought the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt.  Ten times God claimed it was His strong arm that rescued His people.  Here is one of those instances:

So the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a strong hand and powerful arm, with overwhelming terror, and with miraculous signs and wonders. Deuteronomy 26:8

I never really thought about God even having arms before.  I forget sometimes that we are created in His image.  I bet He has some killer biceps.  Okay… I digress.  Thinking about my crappy couple days, I decided to see if there were other places in Scripture where it talked about God’s arms.  I was not disappointed. There were way too many to include, but here were just a few of my favorites:

“Powerful is your arm! Strong is your hand! Your right hand is lifted high in glorious strength.” Psalm 89:13

“I will steady him with my hand; with my powerful arm I will make him strong.” Psalm 89:21

“But LORD, be merciful to us, for we have waited for you. Be
our strong arm each day and our salvation in times of
trouble.” Isaiah 33:2

“O Sovereign LORD! You made the heavens and earth by your strong hand and powerful arm. Nothing is too hard for you!” Jeremiah 32:17

Wow- Nothing is too hard for Him!  (Even laundry, hurtful words, and sick kids.) So today I’m bringing all my junk to God and asking Him to give me His perspective.  I’m resting in His strong arms.  I know these petty frustrations will soon be a distant memory.  If I let them consume me instead of trusting in God’s strength, I might miss the other things going on right now.  Like the glorious sunshine outside, the closeness I’m feeling with my middleschool daughters as we train together for a 5K in the mornings, the snuggle time with sick kids, the friends who love and pray for me, and the awesome husband who will be returning in just a few more days!

By resting in God’s strong arms, I know He will deliver me from little trials that seek to overtake me.  I know He is calling me to trust Him.  When Moses brought His weakness and frustrations to God in Numbers 11:23: “The LORD answered Moses, “Is the LORD’s arm too short? Now you will see whether or not what I say will come true for you.”

Today, I know His arms are long enough for me and my problems.  Nothing is too hard for Him.  I hope today as you read this, you’ll find His strong arms reaching out to deliver you as well.



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