“The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. He will drive out your enemies before you, saying, ‘Destroy them!’ So Israel will live in safety; Jacob will dwell secure in a land of grain and new wine, where the heavens drop dew.” Deuteronomy 33:27-28

This is Moses’ final blessing on the tribes of Israel. God’s plan is that Israel will live in safety and security – and the heavens will drop dew in a land of grain and new wine. God intended to bless Israel and keep her safe but ultimately she chose other gods who could do neither. Resting in the everlasting arms of God proved too difficult for Israel.

Sometimes, it’s difficult for us, and we turn to other gods. The gods of sport or alcohol or shopping or workaholism, anything that will deaden the pain of living in a broken world and provided a distraction from our responsibilities.

Resting in God means trusting. We cannot rest until we are able to put the full weight of all our concerns in God’s hands. However, we aren’t quite sure what God will do with our concerns. Will he come through for us and miraculous solve our difficulties, or will he enable us to be strong in our difficulties? Our hope is that God will choose the first of these options, but generally he chooses the second.

We trust God, not because he removes our problems but because he is good. We trust in the character of God, knowing an innately-good God will be our sustainer in difficulties, giving us wisdom and guidance. He has promised us his presence, his grace, and his peace. He will never leave or forsake us.

Instead of a life of safety, God promises a life of rest in his everlasting arms.