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.
Are you convinced yet? Have there been enough experiences in your life to provide you sufficient evidence that God loves you? I’m not talking about the love of God as taught by your pastor or that you read about in the Bible or religious literature. I want you to think about your relationship to God and how He has revealed Himself to you. What has life taught you about the love of God?
Paul’s words are words of conviction. He says, “For I am convinced…” Previously, in verse 37, Paul asserted that “we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” Then in today’s focus scripture Paul zeros in on the reason for his belief that “we are more than conquerors.” “For” (because) “I am convinced.” He is fully persuaded beyond a shadow of a doubt absolutely nothing can “separate us from the love of God.” No matter what hits you and no matter how hard you are struck, God’s love will always remain strong, continual, and unwavering. In the game of life, even if you are in the final seconds of the game and the opposition is way ahead, at the final buzzer you will win. In fact, you cannot lose. Losing for you is impossible. Your victory was secured and sealed with the blood of Jesus.
In yesterday’s message, Check Your Faith-Vision, I talked about Romans 8:35 and 37 where Paul lays out his case for the enormous capacity of God’s love. “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?” Paul was essentially saying, “been there…done that.” Despite everything the world had thrown at him he was still standing in the victor’s circle.
If you ever need a pep talk when you are going through adversity then take Paul’s words to heart. It’s as if Paul grabs you by the collar and screams in your face, “Brother, don’t you know how much God loves you? Don’t you know that you are on the winning team? You are going to make it. You are going to get through this, and you are going to be victorious. God loves you so much that He will never allow your trial to separate you from His love and His promises in Christ.”
Paul lays out a very thorough laundry list of what the opposition can throw at us that would seemingly be sufficient for shaking us from God’s love. He quickly rules out trouble, hardship, persecution, famine, nakedness, danger, and sword. Uh, oh.
Did I just see a hand go up in the back of the room? Somebody wants to ask a question, “But, Paul, what about death? That’s pretty final? Wouldn’t that ultimately separate us from the love of God?”
Now you have really set him off. The tone of Paul’s conviction becomes more intense. “…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. (Are there any more questions?)”
Silence comes over the room as Paul’s words take hold in the hearts and minds of his students. The class is stunned by one of those “wow” moments of the faith. “God’s love is absolutely unshakeable, irremovable, and eternally continual.”
Please don’t miss this point. The danger here is to think that God’s love is to be found somewhere off in the future when you finally come into His presence in His heaven. His love is everlasting which means that His love is in the here and now. God’s love is not only continual and unshakable, it is available and accessible.
Sometimes when I have taken a beating at work I find comfort in the presence of my loving wife. It may be a hug, a conversation, or just having her there that helps ease my burden. Just as you and I have loved ones we can turn to in times of trouble we should also remember that our loving Heavenly Father is available to us 24/7. When you are hit hard with a problem or stressful situation take a few moments to take refuge in the loving arms of the Savior. Talk to Him and thank Him for His love and then think on that love. I have learned that it is enormously helpful to simply remind myself, “yes, this is a difficult situation…but God loves me. No matter what…God loves me. Embrace me now, Lord. I need to experience the comfort and encouragement of Your love.”
God’s love is available to you right now. Access it. Rest in it. Be strengthened by it. Find hope in it. Even “conquerors” need a hug once in a while.
For more on this topic, check out this article: Times of Refreshing from Your Heavy Burdens
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