Wednesday 15 June 2022 – Transformed week 5

Deuteronomy 33:27a (NIV)

27 The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.

There’s a fun movie from 1999 called ‘Blast from the Past’. It’s a romantic comedy about a father who builds a fall-out shelter in his backyard to protect his family from the nuclear war caused by the Cuban Missile crisis. Wrongly assuming the war has started, the family take refuge in the bunker for 35 years. I like the word “refuge”. It carries the notion of complete safety from all harm and any threats – just like the movie. God, who is eternal, is our protection – I am completely safe. 

But life with God, my refuge, goes so much deeper than just protection. He is with me in the bunker. More than that – his arms are underneath me. It strikes me as so obvious now – the only way God’s arms could be underneath me is if He is carrying me. For that truth, when I’m at my lowest, I am so grateful. 

Eternal God, I know you are my refuge. But help me remember that you are in the bunker with me. And more than that, when I have nothing left, your arms are underneath me. I will breathe and be still, knowing that you’ve got me. Amen

Written by Boudy Van Noppen

3 replies
  1. Richard says:

    Thanks Boudy

    The eternal God is your refuge.

    There is so much in that statement. The nature of God is that He is eternal, without beginning or end, always there. And this God, who is in every way so much more than we can conceive and imagine is personal, He is our refuge, a place of safety and security. One does not need a refuge except in times of trouble and that He is there in those times brings comfort and hope.

    Father thank You that You are so personal and real to all who call on You.

  2. Sam S says:

    “The Eternal God is your *Bunker*…” TBH though, it checks out, the ‘strongness’ of “refuge” shouldn’t be understated. Thanks for the message B!


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