In the Arms of the Father

Do you have a favorite Scripture?  Hi I’m Christin Ditchfield …

Over the years, I’ve discovered that I have many favorite Scripture verses. There are Scriptures that challenge me, Scriptures that humble me, Scriptures that inspire me, and some that puzzle me. Then there are the scriptures that make me weep.  I found one of those in Deuteronomy 1:30-31.

The word “deuteronomy” means “repetition of the law.” In this series of sermons, in essence his “farewell address,” Moses reminds the Children of Israel to keep God’s commandments and honor their covenant with Him. Moses recounts everything that has happened to the people – all the lessons they have learned – from the time they left Egypt until they arrived at the Promised Land. He says, “In the desert…there you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.” What a tender picture of God’s loving-kindness.

The wilderness was a place of testing for God’s people. A place where the rough edges could be worn off and their hearts cleansed and purified. They grumbled and complained, they grew weary. Sometimes they doubted God. Sometimes they rebelled against Him.  Through it all, He carried them like a father carries his small child. They didn’t know where they were going, but God did. He was patient with them. He understood their human weakness. In His big, strong arms, He tenderly lifted them and brought them safely to the other side.

When I feel the heat of the desert – when my soul seems scorched by the trials, when I’m overcome by the weakness of my flesh, my failures and defeats…I find such comfort, such joy, such peace in the knowledge that my Father carries me close in His arms. He carries you, too!

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