Leaning on the Everlasting Arms by Mike Hogan // Elder Devotion // July 7, 2021
What a fellowship, what a joy divine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
What a blessedness, what a peace is mine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.
These words were stuck in my head today so I went searching to find out more about what inspired the
musician to write these lyrics. The musician, Anthony Showalter, referenced Deuteronomy 33:27 while
writing a consolation letter to two different pupils who had lost their wives unexpectedly. He ended up
penning the refrain in an attempt to comfort those who were going through a tough time. Regardless of
the season you find yourself in, time with your Creator is the prescription you need to get you through.
Deuteronomy 33:26-29 is a declaration by Moses towards the end of his life. Moses had experienced
some amazing trials and triumphs with God. He had experienced an encounter with God on the
mountain that you and I will likely never come close to experiencing. While we will likely not find
ourselves talking to God in the form of a burning bush, we can rest assured that we carry his Spirit with
us on a daily basis. We go into no trial without him. Nothing we face is too big for Him.
That same God who Moses was worshipping over 3,000 years ago is the God whom we are leaning on
during this time of prayer and consideration of an important opportunity for the people of FBN. While
we’re unsure what it is He has in store for us in the coming months and years, we know that we can find
comfort in His arms. We can find refuge in His presence. If you would, keep these lyrics in your mind
today and remind yourself of the fellowship and peace we have in His arms. Instead of choosing to be
distracted with something of less significance today, run to His arms and rest in his presence. While
you’re with Him, ask Him to guide FBN wherever He choose over the coming months. Ask Him to grant
us wisdom during this season. May we lean on His everlasting arms today.
Have a great day, my friend.