God Our Eternal Refuge

“The eternal God is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms,” reads the ESV Bible. I have chosen the CEV translation for the Bible verse. It really makes it very understandable. It’s so comforting to think of the Lord carrying us in his arms.

God is our eternal dwelling place, our refuge. He has not promised us a rose covered path; but we do have the assurance that he is with us even if we go through fire and deep waters.

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
    and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
    and the flame shall not consume you. Isaiah 43:2

Today’s verse is part of Moses’ final blessing to the people before his death. It’s interesting to observe that he was strong and vigorous until God took him home.

“Moses was 120 years old when he died. His eye was undimmed, and his vigor unabated” (Deuteronomy 34:7).

In our imaginary story, the main characters —Eleazar and Rachel— get married and start a family. In the following stories, which will be about the conquest of the Promised Land, their grandchildren —Eliab and Elizabeth— will be the ones entering into Canaan.

I have incorporated into the story things that show God’s care for his people. Their clothes did not wear out and their feet did not swell (see Deuteronomy 8:4; 29:5). God gave his people manna, which I’m sure contained all the nutrients they needed.

Another detail that has caught my attention, and makes me think that if implemented in our day might avoid many problems, and surely there would be fewer divorces. Here it is:

When a man is newly married, he shall not go out with the army or be liable for any other public duty. He shall be free at home one year to be happy with his wife whom he has taken. Deuteronomy 24:5

A year to make the love of his life happy! Our God thinks about every detail. How wonderful that he is our eternal refuge! I believe it’s interesting for children to know these details.

Some verses that speak about the Lord as our refuge: Psalm 3:3; 27:5; 28:7; 32:7; 34:7; 91:1,11,12; 119:114; Genesis 15:1; 2 Kings 6:17

Fun activity: on YouTube you can find easy instructions to make a tent. It would be fun for the children to make a tent, as Eleazar made one for him and his bride. Here are two links. The first one is super easy to make.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tVOQST7Pig

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yT70lX6lhlg

Follow the 8 stories about entering the Promised Land.

Welcome to read story #1 today: Moses’ Final Blessing

Eleazar’s parents and Rachel’s father discussing wedding plans.

Moses viewing the Promised Land.

Read Deuteronomy 32-34, that has Moses’ final blessing to the people of Israel.

May the Lord bless you abundantly!

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