Nothing, Absolutely Nothing

Wednesday Devotional – September 2, 2020

“Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Christ who loved us.” [Romans 8:34-35, 37]

It is interesting that this passage begins with “who” instead of “what” given the list that follows in this passage. The list chronicles circumstances that can upend our lives and cause us to veer from our intended direction. Like the parable of the seed that falls into rocky soil that springs up and flourishes, but then is unable to sink it roots deeply into soil, so when the “heat” comes it withers and dies.  The list chronicled by Apostle Paul could easily undermine one’s faith and cloud our perception of God’s love. Like the psalmist we might cry out, “Why, O Lord, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?” Yet, what Paul makes clear is that nothing, and he means nothing, can actually separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Paul is convinced of this truth because of his own life’s circumstances and he is passing along his experience with the church at Rome. What about us though? Can we claim this truth for our lives? The good news is whether we realize it or not, God’s love never fails. God’s love is steadfast and ever sure. It may feel at times as if God’s love is far off, but God’s love is always as close as our breath. When life has more than enough challenges, remember these words from Jesus found in the Gospel of John, “In the world you face persecution. But take courage; I have conquered the world!” Yes, love wins!

Prayer

Loving God, your love never fails us. I give thanks for this truth, because you know that circumstances can overwhelm me at times. I let these circumstances take root and they wreak havoc within me, making me feel disconnected and unloved.  Loving God, when this happens give me the strength to just breath as I remember your promise to me, “Lo, I am always with you.” Amen.

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