Tuesday, August 10

Convincing Evidence

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, nor angels nor demons, nor things present nor future, nor height nor depth, nor any other thing in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. --Romans 8:38

Throughout my life I have become more thoroughly convinced that of the truths in this verse. I'm sure that the apostle Paul had unique circumstances that led him to write this conclusive verse in his letter to the Romans, but that doesn't change its essence. The topics outlined in this verse are universal and apply just as much to each of us as they did in the time it was written.

The underlying and obvious truth is that no matter what the situation, no matter what the circumstances, God's love never ceases or fails. Even in the most fearful of places, we are not separated from God's love. In every painful moment and hurting heartache, God's love can sustain us.

God's love sustains us in death. Death's sting cannot touch us or hold us if we are believers for in fact it is in death that we are given a new life. This is why death cannot separate us from the love of God.

Angels nor demons cannot tear us from the grip of Christ's love for us. No created being (human, angel or demon) is as strong as the Creator. He holds us to Him with the tightest of grips, ensuring that no lasting harm can come to us.

Height and depth are unable to remove us from the reach of his loving hands. The Psalmist says that God's hand holds us fast even if we "rise on the wings of dawn" or "settle on the far side of the sea". Jesus himself went to the greatest of depths by descending into hell all for the purpose of demonstrating his love for us. His love for us was present there, and is present now as he sits in the highest of heights on his throne in heaven.

Nothing else in all of creation can separate us from God's love that is in Christ Jesus. All created things are subject to the Creator. We have no reason to fear anything because of the faithful promises that God has made to those who love him.

I am convinced that God has kept those promises to the letter and is worthy of my trust. Of course, there will be times that my human nature overtakes me and I will become fearful of some things. I know that even then, God reaches me in my humanity and in that way I am not separated from His love.



At 7:20 PM, Blogger SOBERYEARS said...

I just wanted to thank you for your words that you shared today! I was feeling down today and clicked on your thoughts and actually got "grounded" again. Meaning I got some peace from it. I think it was no mistake that I found your words because God seems to always put somebody somewhere in my path when I need it the most! He is amazing to me. I just posted a blog of my own yesterday and felt a release of sorts afterwards, if that makes sense? I just wanted you to know that I am grateful today for your kind words and for God, who keeps on watching over me, even when I think He isn't! God Bless you!!


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