Unlimited: Nothing Separates You from God’s Love
Dec 31, 2019 1630
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38–39, NIV).
The testimony of Scripture is that all things work together for good to those who love God. We have a Christ who gathers up the fragments so that nothing is lost. Without suffering there would be no sympathy; without hardship there would be no hardihood; without pain there would be no patience. There is no way to holiness except through hell.
There are two ways to react to the troubles of life. Jacob said, “All these things are against me” (Genesis 42:36). But Joseph said, “You meant it for evil but God meant it for good” (Genesis 50:20).
Year after year, after being shipwrecked, stoned, beaten with rods, meeting with false brethren, enduring a thorn in the flesh, Paul could say confidently that none of life’s trials and problems could ever separate him from the love of God. And this was because of Jesus Christ.
We have to learn to believe the Word of God, trust in his love and leading, and obey him. God is at work even in the hard seasons.
– Des Ford (adapted)
Eli’s Reflection: Des says that there are two ways to react to the troubles of life. Which one is your natural reaction: to think that everything is against you, or to think that God can turn into a blessing that which was meant to harm you? Absolutely nothing can separate you from God’s love. What wonderful news!