Devotions By Jan

Gibbon Arms

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Scripture for Today: Isaiah 59:1 “Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor His ear too dull to hear.”

These adorable-looking gibbons can boast as having the longest arms of any primate, relative to body size. This small ape lives in the tropical forests of Southeast Asia and he can be seen swinging gracefully between branches. Their arms are longer and stronger than their legs. They can move so easily from branch to branch. When they walk they will often hold their arms up over their heads. But I especially like what this black gibbon is doing with his arms!

Today’s verse turns our attention to the arm of the Lord. It is long enough to save the most sinful and rebellious. No one is out of His reach to save. It is His outstretched arm that made the heavens and the earth. Nothing is too hard for Him. (Jer. 32:17) His arm is long enough to reach into the darkest night and save us from drowning in despair. His arm is long enough to save from any physical danger. But most important of all, His arm is long enough to extract a soul from the kingdom of darkness and lovingly place that one in His Kingdom of light!

What wonderful power is in His arm! It is amazing that this same powerful arm wants to wrap itself around me! I am safe and secure there. Nothing can touch me except what He allows. I know and am persuaded that He is able to keep my soul, committed to Him, for now and for all eternity. (II Tim. 1:12) There is no power greater than His that can separate me from His love! (Rom. 8:38-39) His powerful arm is long enough to save me and to keep me!

Lord, help me trust Your arm today.

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