We Christians often lose sight of all the resources God has placed at our disposal that he wants us to use so his will can be done on earth as it is in heaven. Our God is not the god who some believe created the world and everything in it then stepped back expecting us to fend for ourselves without intervening in our affairs. He has a special covenant with us that provides us the promise that we are laborers together with God [1 Corinthians 3:9].
There are occasions where I get caught up in my problems, affairs, and cares of this world–times when I feel overwhelmed by all the stuff being thrown at me–that scriptural reminders become necessary, such as the one Moses wrote to encourage his people:
27The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them. 28Israel then shall dwell in safety alone: the fountain of Jacob shall be upon a land of corn and wine; also his heavens shall drop down dew. 29Happy art thou, O Israel: who is like unto thee, O people saved by the LORD, the shield of thy help, and who is the sword of thy excellency! and thine enemies shall be found liars unto thee; and thou shalt tread upon their high places. Deuteronomy 33
Jehovah, our God, had no beginning and has no end so he will always be around when we need him even if we don’t feel it. He is our refuge, our sanctuary. In ancient times, a refuge was a city that provided protection and resources where people in trouble could run for help and could get a fresh start to thrive and prosper. That’s who God is to us. With God we also have the benefit of being upheld by his everlasting arms. God’s resources, tools, and blessings for us never run out. His arms that hold us up never get tired or weak. His might is everlasting.
God uses his everlasting strength to give us help against our enemies. When we go down the paths to fulfill the purposes he laid out for us in this eternal life of ours, our enemies will come against us to try to stop us, but God moves them out of our way–sometimes immediately, sometimes over a long period. And, if necessary, he gives the order to have them and their evil goals destroyed. This means we can rebuke the hindrance in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and if we have the faith as tiny as a mustard seed, joined with God’s will for the mountain to be moved, the mountain must fall.
God desires for us to dwell in safety and to experience blessings on what we own in this life and in the life to come so we can bless others when possible. Since we are a people saved by Jehovah, there are no other people like us on the face of the earth. God called us to be non-conformists in the world’s eyes to their evil worldviews even when they try to pressure us to be ungodly like them. God is our shield of help against them when we need to be defended and he is our sword of excellency that cuts with precision when we need to go on the offense using his word.
It is by our faith, wisdom, knowledge, and other resources–as we look to Jehovah as our shield and our sword–that our enemies will be exposed for the liars they are. So why should we fear our enemies? Why should we be intimidated at all by them? Why let them despise us [Titus 2:15]? Then Moses prophesies the ultimate goal for God’s upholding us with his everlasting arms and giving us his eternal resources–we shall tread upon their high places. In other words, “The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens,” Jeremiah 10:11. With the help of our Lord, the only true and living God, we will one day actually see the destruction and end of “every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God,” [2 Corinthians 10:5].
May these words strengthen your heart and encourage you to walk in the Lord’s will with boldness, by his grace and the power of his Holy Spirit in you. Amen!
posted by Harry A. Gaylord