THE PLACE WHERE I BELONG
Romans 8:38 (NASB)
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
We are not told that we will escape hardship, famine, danger, and sword, but that in those difficulties we will be more than conquerors through Jesus. The spiritual battle that is manifested in the physical is Satan's tool to cause us to turn from Christ, but God uses it to cause us to be more dependent on Him. Through the One who loves us, we don't just end up victorious, but even more than that. We are increasingly transformed into the image of the Son.
Can anything separate you from His love? Paul was convinced that nothing could, and he should know. He went through a shipwreck, beatings, scourging, lack of food, abandonment, and much more. Look at what he lists here: death, life, angels, demons, present, future, powers, height, depth, or anything else in all creation. That about covers it. If God is the Creator and is determined to love you, why would anything He made be able to separate you from His love?
What a sense of security the believer should have! If God didn't spare His own Son to express His love to you, what could you possibly fear? We should be as convinced as the Apostle Paul. In that conviction, we should rest secure, free from condemnation and worry about tomorrow and eternity. When you are convinced of so great a love, you find personal worth in it, peace, comfort, and joy unspeakable and full of glory. There is nothing that divine love will fail to see you through.
Are you convinced? If not, look again at the cross. Then ask yourself if there is anything He will not see you through.
Resource - Through the Bible Daily Devotions - © 2009
God, I believe nothing can separate Your love from me. Sometimes it can seem like I can’t feel it. Help me to find and believe that your love is with me in the moments when I can’t feel it. Help me to know there is nothing to fear or worry about because your love is always with me. I declare right now that since Your love is always with me, then I can have complete confidence that You are working your perfect will in my life and will not let me fall.