How Pleasant to Lean Upon an Almighty Arm

“The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms!” (Deuteronomy 33:27)

“Oh, how pleasant to lean upon an almighty arm, and to commit ourselves without anxiety to the guidance of infinite wisdom and love!”

– John Newton, The Letters of John Newton

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Believing Lies Instead of Trusting God

“Not many people think of themselves as someone who believes lies. But every time we don’t trust God’s word we’re believing something else, and that something is always a lie. If I get angry when I’m stuck in traffic, it’s because I don’t trust God. I believe the lie that God isn’t in control or that his purposes for me are not good. If I overwork it’s because I don’t trust God, perhaps because I believe the lie that I need to prove or justify myself. This is a radical view of sin. It means many of our negative emotions are sinful because they’re symptoms of unbelief–the greatest sin and the root sin.”

– Tim Chester, You Can Change, p.75

Jesus Christ Brings Something Altogether Better

“Jesus the Christ who is ever ‘the same’ is therefore to be the focus of  Christians’ persevering trust. The Apostle and High Priest par excellence has come (Hebrews 3:1). Like Moses and Joshua (Hebrews 3:2; 4:8) he is sent by God, but he brings the rest which they could not provide. Like Aaron, but more like Melchizedek (Hebrews 5:1-10; 6:20 – 10:18), he rules because he actually deals with sin and its consequences. This supplies the logic for the repeated use of the comparative adjective ‘better’ (see Hebrews 1:4; 7:19,22; 8:6; 9:23; 10:34; 11:16, 35) with reference to a name, hope, covenant, promises, sacrifices, substance, country and resurrection. Jesus Christ brings something altogether better than the old, preparatory era could actually provide (Hebrews 11:40).”

– Hywel R. Jones, Let’s Study Hebrews, p.xx-xxi