In the late 1800’s A. J. Showalter received letters from two friends who had just lost their wives.  Wanting to express his sympathy, he quoted this verse in a letter he wrote to them , “The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you” (Deuteronomy 33:27, NLT). He could not get this verse out of his mind. Later he wrote these words to a musical lyric:

Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms;
Leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms.

A friend, Elisha Hoffman, later provided the verses of the hymn named, “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms.” I enjoyed singing that song. It has been a while since I’ve sung. But it came to my mind as I was thinking about all the people in our country suffering financial hardship right now. When tough times come, we usually pray more, read the Bible more, and go to church more. If God doesn’t answer our prayers and meet our need when we think he ought to, we might be tempted to throw in the towel on God.

Don’t give up! Hang in there. Sing a song of praise to Jesus! Right now I’ve got the last verse of “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms” on my mind . . .

What have I to dread, what have I to fear,
Leaning on the everlasting arms?
I have blessed peace with my Lord so near,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.