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In The Arms Of God

Posted on Jul 16 , 2014 in Faith & Hope

In The Arms Of God

© Brad L Hodges

Psalm 16
1 Keep me safe, my God,
for in you I take refuge.
2 I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
apart from you I have no good thing.”

We live in a dangerous and unsettled world these days. At times the basic walls of our security seem to be tumbling down upon us.

Terrorist threats are increasing around the world, our closest ally in the Middle East, Israel, God’s original chosen ones, are on the brink of all out war on their borders.

In America our own borders are being invaded by illegal aliens, violent gangs and possibly even terrorists. Our present administration in Washington is weakening our military, dismantling our economy and they are imposing ever tightening control over our citizens. There are mass shootings, escalated homicides in our big cities like Chicago and the state of our economy is forcing people to sometimes take desperate measures to survive.

As throughout history since the first coming of Jesus Christ, when world events are unfolding along Biblical predictions, many believe these are signs of His second coming and Armageddon. However, for the record, no one knows the exact time of that occurrence;

“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father – Matthew 24:36.

If you are anything but a low-information individual and actually care what is going on around you in the world and our country, you watch the news and it can make you feel alone and isolated, perhaps fearful and uncertain. It can certainly cause you to pause and wonder how close the end may be.

But God is in control and despite mankind’s apparent best efforts to self-destruct our plans mean nothing within the scope of His Master Plan;

Proverbs 19:21 (ESV)
Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.

Isaiah 45:6-7 (ESV)
That people may know, from the rising of the sun and from the west, that there is none besides me; I am the Lord, and there is no other. I form light and create darkness, I make well-being and create calamity, I am the Lord, who does all these things.

We can’t possibly hope to predict nor understand God’s plans and purpose for us or the world at large but we can rest in the fact He cares for His children and will see them through danger, uncertainty and fears;

Isaiah 55:8-11 (ESV)
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

As believers we don’t need to worry about what the next calamity humankind will bring upon itself. Even when it seems impossible to stop the madness and it appears everything is out of control, the limits of our ability to intervene are set by God;

Matthew 19:26 (ESV)
But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

When everything else around us seems to be falling apart, whether on the world stage or within our own personal realm, we can take solace in the fact that we are wrapped in the arms of God and there we can nestle in safety and refuge from the dangers and fears that affront us.

There is complete goodness in our Lord even if evil surrounds us. Apart from Him “there is no good thing.”


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