June 19, 2015 – The Everlasting Arms

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Every evening I turn my troubles over to God; He is going to be up all night anyway”–Donald Morgan

     The evening before Christ was betrayed, He spent several hours with His disciples sharing with them the details of His death.  The Bible tells us that John, the disciple whom Jesus loved, was ‘leaning upon the bosom” of Jesus, clinging to His every word.  When Jesus told the disciples that one of them would betray the Lord, John went from “leaning on His bosom” to “lying on His breast.”  The more tense and dramatic the circumstance became, the closer John got to Jesus.  He was leaning on the Everlasting Arms.

By definition alone, leaning implies placing all of your weight upon something or someone who is able to sustain the pressure.  John so heavily leaned upon the Lord that if the Lord was to move John would have fallen.  But Jesus didn’t move, and John didn’t fall.

As believers we are instructed to stand with Christ, walk with Christ, and even sit with Christ; but there are times when we have to lean.  The confidence we have while leaning upon Christ is knowing that He can handle the weight.  It is not coincidental that John was the only disciple who followed Jesus to the foot of the cross.  Before he knelt at Calvary, he had been leaning on the Everlasting Arms.  What have I to dread, what have I to fear when I am Leaning on the Everlasting Arms!

Daily Reading: Psalms 36-39

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