I was speaking with someone on the phone this morning who seemed very hopeless as they and the world face the Covid-19 pandemic. Their mind was going from one worst case scenario to another, and for them there was nothing to encourage. I did my best to turn their attention to the great plans and resources we have in the Lord.
After we ended to conversation, my mind went to Romans 8 where Paul asked a very thought- provoking question; “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?” (35). Think about that question.
Several words in that list may describe what you are going through or feel at this moment. You may not think that any of these circumstances would actually “separate [you] from the love of Christ,” but if we are honest, we often allow them to weaken our sense of His present love for us.
How does Paul answer this question? “…in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (8:37–39).
Is your confidence in the strength of Christ’s love that strong? If it is, you will realize that you are secure in the Lord, and present events cannot change who you are in Him!
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