Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
The evening news presents us with many ugly pictures of the painful realities of this world in which we live. The threat or devastation of war, terrorism, accidents, natural disasters, crime, economic collapse, death, and disease is paraded before us. We are left with constant reminders of our fragility and vulnerability. In an instant everything that we hold near and dear can be lost. Such thoughts can be depressing leaving us with feelings of helplessness and hopelessness.
If there had been such a thing as television in Paul’s day, we would have likely seen him making headlines. Arrested, beaten, left for dead, shipwrecked, tried, thrown in prison, falsely accused, and branded a troublemaker, heretic, and radical, the Apostle Paul would have been a subject of great interest for those who love to sensationalize and hype the news. Death and danger awaited him around every turn.
One night on 60 Minutes we see that a reporter has been granted an interview with Paul. Ultimately the interviewer asks, “If your God, who you say is good, really exists why would He allow something like this to happen to you?” To which Paul responds, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?” Continuing his interrogation the reporter says, “But you have been defeated, imprisoned, and no longer in a position to continue your crusade.” Calmly and confidently Paul asserts, “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”
The love of God is constant and never ending. No matter what you encounter and no matter how painful the circumstance God never stops loving you. Even in the darkest hour His love remains unwavering. Just because He has not taken away the hardship or relieved the pain does not mean God does not love you. That crisis you are facing will not defeat you. You have already won the victory. You are “more than a conqueror through Him.” His love guarantees that every enemy of this life will be overcome.
Often times when you are weighted down by a severe problem it is all that you can see. It is there when you go to bed, keeps you awake through the night, and there with you when you arise in the morning. Then, it just hangs with you throughout the day, pulling you down and distracting you from your work. It consumes your thoughts and makes you physically ill.
So, what was it that enabled Paul to be so satisfied in his difficulty? How could he see himself as “more than a conqueror?” Paul had faith-vision. He had learned the power of faith that completely relies upon God and His promises which supernaturally enables a Christian to look past today’s problems to God’s eternal provision.
Paul saw things, not as they were, but as they shall be. He saw the big picture and not the temporary setback. He knew that every hardship on this earth is temporary. God’s love is eternal and life with Him is everlasting.
Faith enables you to see past the hardship to something better. Faith provides you with a glimpse of a better tomorrow and confidence that God has everything under control.
God will take away your problem or give you what you need to get through it. Just trust Him. You, after all, are more than a conqueror. As you look back over your life consider those things you worried about. Most, if not all, are gone. Yet, at the time you wondered how you would survive. God helped you then, and He will help you now.
Paul didn’t allow his hopes and dreams to crash on the rocks of adversity. You shouldn’t either. I often think of a phrase frequently uttered by a lady in the first church I pastored. “This, too, shall pass.” With God, all problems are temporary.
Don’t lose your “faith-vision.” Look at the big picture. Nothing can separate you from the love of God. You are more than a conqueror through Christ. Take ownership of your victory, today.
For more on this topic, check out this article: What It Means to Hope in the Lord
Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 1 (January – March) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.