Leaning On Those Everlasting Arms

— A Message to Graduates —

School is over! Or at least, I hope it is! Teachers/Professors are excited that 9 months of misery.. er, teaching.. is done! You are probably feeling pretty great as well! Those countless hours in the library studying for your finals. Having to get up and take those 1st Day/Last Day of school pictures are finally over! For 13+ years, this is all you knew — wake up at 7ish (or in our case, be woken up at 7ish), sit in a classroom for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week for 160 days a year for 13 years.

Now you have graduated, and you are probably wondering “What now? What do I do? Do I go to college, military, or the workforce? What if I am not ready?!”

— A message to everyone else —

Maybe you are traveling through life and you have hit a rough patch. Maybe you have had a huge unexpected surgery and have no way right now to pay it. Maybe you are overcoming an addiction and don’t know who to turn to as you get your life back on track. Maybe you have been dealing with stress at home or at work and you need some guidance. To whom shall you go?!

Friends, the answer is rather simple — Jesus Christ!

One of my favorite hymns we sing is titled Leaning On The Everlasting Arms”. This hymn was taken from Deut. 33:27. Here the passage reads, “The eternal God is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms. (ESV)” If you are not familiar with this passage, Moses is about to die from old age, but he wanted to leave every tribe with a few words of wisdom. Chapter 33 is just that. Every tribe received some sort of “last words” that Moses hoped would stick with them and they would cherish them forever.

How fitting that to Jeshurun he said these words, and how applicable they are today!

What I would like for you to do is insert your name where it has Jeshurun’s. Mine would read as follows:

“There is none like God, O Jordan, who rides through the heavens to your help, through the skies in His majesty. The eternal God is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms. (Deut. 33:26-27)”

If we remember the words of the song “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms”, some of the phrases are “What a fellowship, what a joy divine, leaning on the everlasting arms. What a blessedness, what a peace is mine! Oh how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way! Oh, how bright the path grows from day to day!”

But my favorite verse, and one that fits very well with today’s thoughts comes in verse 3:

“What have I to dread, what what I to fear, leaning on the everlasting arms? I have blessed peace with my Lord so near, leaning on the everlasting arms!”

Friend, the LORD will guide you through whatever stage you are in! He has stretched out His hand and is willing to take you in! Will you accept His invitation and lean on his everlasting arms?

Think on these things. God bless!

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