December 12th: The Arm of the Lord

Read: Isaiah 40:9-11

10 See, the Sovereign Lord comes with power,
    and he 
rules with a mighty arm. Isaiah 40:10

 

     Jesus is the Sovereign Lord.  He demonstrated this with His victory over Satan, sin and death.  Conquering these three demonstrated His sovereignty. 

This Sovereign Lord rules with a “mighty arm.”  Raw power is a frightening thing. Yet, Christ is kindly.  Human goodness, in our own strength, goes sour. His goodness never fails.

 

Character of His Mighty Arm

“He tends his flock like a Shepherd.”  Our God shepherds us throughout life steering, guiding, standing among us, singing over us in trying times, looking ahead to take us to “green pastures and still waters.” 

“He gathers the lambs in his arms.”  Jesus takes special care with weakest members until they mature.  He gathers them close when they cannot stand, cannot follow, and cannot keep up with the pace.

“He carries them close to his heart.”  Jan tells of a time when she visited her grandparents in WV during a flood.  They had to walk over the river on a narrow bridge beneath which there were frightening turbulent waters.  She has a tender memory is of her grandfather taking her into his arms, holding her close to his chest, and carrying her across.  This is how our God carries us in times of great distress is we will trust Him.

“He gently leads those that have young.”   No one is more vulnerable than those who care for others as a ewe cares for her young.  Responsibility weakens us, delays us, and may be overwhelming.  All who care for others have the promise that Jesus is there to lead. 

“O Sovereign Lord Jesus, teach me today to be practical in my prayers and to yield to your gracious care.” Amen

 

Submitted by Derrel Emmerson, Member of Parkway