Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings: Psalm 70-71; Romans 8:22-39
31 So what are we going to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 32 He didn’t spare his own Son but gave him up for us all. Won’t he also freely give us all things with him?
33 Who will bring a charge against God’s elect people? It is God who acquits them. 34 Who is going to convict them? It is Christ Jesus who died, even more, who was raised, and who also is at God’s right side. It is Christ Jesus who also pleads our case for us.
35 Who will separate us from Christ’s love? Will we be separated by trouble, or distress, or harassment, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?
37 But in all these things we win a sweeping victory through the one who loved us. 38 I’m convinced that nothing can separate us from God’s love in Christ Jesus our Lord: not death or life, not angels or rulers, not present things or future things, not powers 39 or height or depth, or any other thing that is created. (Romans 8:31-35, 37-39, Common English Bible).
Romans 8 is my favorite chapter of the Bible and today’s lesson is my favorite portion of my favorite chapter. I like this lesson because it reminds us that, for we who believe, that God will never walk away from us. There is nothing we can do where God would turn away from us. That, friends, is a great promise.
Is there anything that can separate us from God? Well, in truth, yes. The only thing that can separate us from the love of God is us. No one, nothing can separate me from the love of God except me! For everything else, there is an answer:
In the face of death …
there is the Resurrection.
In the face of illness …
there is eternal healing.
In the face of danger …
there is the right arm of God.
In the face of adversity …
there is “blessed assurance.”
In the face of confrontation …
there is confidence.
In the face of the Serpent …
there is the gift of the Cross.
In the face of greed …
there is the abundant life.
In the face of pollution …
there is God’s redemption of
In the face of hunger …
there is a legacy of loaves and
In the face of homelessness …
there is compassion.
In the face of hardship …
there is the promise of goodness. *
Since none of these things can separate us for the love of God, why would we want to separate ourselves? I know there are those who would argue that once you are saved you are always saved. On the divine side, I would agree, God will never leave us. That being said, I can walk away from God.
“4 Because it’s impossible to restore people to changed hearts and lives who turn away once they have seen the light, tasted the heavenly gift, become partners with the Holy Spirit, 5 and tasted God’s good word and the powers of the coming age. (Hebrews 6:4-5, Common English Bible).
“…Who turn away…” God will never walk away from us but we can walk away from God. Once when I made this argument someone said to me, “Pastor, it might be possible, but who would want to do that?” I couldn’t agree more.
Have a blessed day in the Lord.
With Joy and Thankfulness,
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