Morning & Evening Daily Devotional Reading– November 11
by Charles H. Spurgeon, Revised and Edited by William C. Neff
“Underneath are the everlasting arms”
Our God—the eternal God– is Himself our support at all times and especially when we’re sinking in deep trouble. There are seasons when the Christian sinks very low in humiliation. Under a deep sense of his great sinfulness he is humbled before God until he hardly knows how to pray; he feels worthless.
Child of God, remember that when you’re at your worst and lowest, underneath you are “everlasting arms.” Sin may drag you very low, but Christ’s great atonement is still under everything.
The Christian may sink very low from external circumstances. Every earthly prop is cut away. Still underneath him are “the everlasting arms.” He can’t fall so deep in distress and affliction that covenant grace and the ever-faithful God will fail to encircle him.
The Christian may be sinking under trouble from internal conflict, but even then he can’t be brought so low as to be beyond the reach of the “everlasting arms”—they are underneath him and all of Satan’s efforts to harm him produce nothing.
This assurance of support is a comfort to any weary but earnest worker in the service of God. It implies a promise of strength for each day, grace for each need, and power for each duty.
And, finally, when death comes, the promise still holds. When we stand in the middle of Jordan, we can say with David, “I will fear no evil, for You are with me.” We will descend into the grave, but we will go no lower, for the eternal arms prevent our further fall. All through life and at its close we shall be upheld by the “everlasting arms”–arms that never lose their strength.” [M&E]