For the past several weeks, I’ve been going through Radically Obedient: A Study of Joshua. This week brought me across Deuteronomy 1:29-31. Verse 31 jumped out at me. Moses is talking to the nation of Israel. “Then I said to you, ‘Do not be shocked, nor fear them. The Lord your God who goes before you will Himself fight on your behalf, just as He did for you in Egypt before your eyes, and in the wilderness where you saw how the Lord your God carried you, just as a man carries his son.'”
What a powerful image! Israel wandered through the wilderness for 40 years. The Lord led them in cloud by day and in fire by night. He provided in supernatural ways to meet all their needs. But He not only provided and led them. He intimately cared for them and carried Israel as a father carries his child. Think about that!
I’ve seen the way Jordan carries Eliana. His arms are strong, holding her fast. His hands are gentle, making her feel loved and secure while allowing her the flexibility to move and explore. He never crushes her but comforts her. When Eliana is in his arms, she’s able to get to places she would otherwise not be able to go. Sometimes Eliana is crying as babies often do. But her dismal state does not alter the strength of the arms around her. Even when she’s furious, Jordan still carries her with grace and love.
This is the image Moses gave to explain God’s carrying arms. The Lord carried them with strength and tenderness. His arms mighty to shield from harm and danger. His hands gentle enough not to crush them, but make them secure and comforted. Wow.
Wherever you are today – whether rejoicing or caught in despair – know that the Lord of all creation loves you and is carrying you. His arms are ever strong. His might never fails. He is not only by your side but holding you close. Rest in His arms today. What a wonderful God.