Nothing Can Separate Us

Romans 8:35-39

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written,
“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
    we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

To aid us in this season of unknowns, this week we have explored the biblical response to uncertainty. We read about the courage and boldness of Joshua. On Tuesday, Paul encouraged us to come together, sharing in our struggles and offering comfort to one another. On Wednesday, David told us to seek shelter from the storm in the refuge offered by the Father. Yesterday Jesus called us out to join Him by faith on the water, despite the storm. In our final devotion this week, we will search for blessings in our midst as a way of moving forward with confidence into the future.

Searching for the great movements of God throughout our lives can aid us in our navigation of the unknown. As we recount His miracles and mighty deeds, our eyes are opened to the reality that even in periods of great suffering and trial, God’s blessings flow. Sometimes our cup overflows and we don’t even know it. The painful parts of this life can distract us and prevent us from seeing Jesus and His continual provisions. Paul gives a great list in verses 38-39 of those things in this world which seek to come between us and God. No matter the barrier, there is no distance too great for the Father’s love to reach out and find you.

I can readily identify with the biblical narratives in the desert, wilderness, and exile. I know what it feels like to be thirsty in dry places. I can remember when I was lost and wandering. I have experienced separation, exile, and bondage. Today, when I am faced with trials and tribulations, I find great encouragement as I reflect on how God has been with me all along. No matter what I went through, God was with me every step of the way. Even in the depths of the pit, God was still working in all things for my good. My life is a display of his unlimited patience (1 Timothy 1:16), a testimony to a God who goes to any lengths for us. Remembering all that Christ has done for me propels me into an uncertain future with blessed assurance. Time after time He has been faithful to redeem and rescue, certainly He will not stop now!

Maybe you feel as if God is distant and far off. “The Lord is near to all who call on Him” (Psalm 145:18). Perhaps your vision of God is obscured by the circumstances of your situation. Pray that Jesus would restore your sight and help you clearly see His presence (Mark 8:25).    

Now, more than ever, Paul’s claim is true for us: Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ. Social distance is not spiritual distance. When you call upon the name of the Lord in a time of need, you will likely find that He has been at your side the whole time. “Do not fear for I am with you, do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).

Reflect

  1. Read Isaiah 43:2. Can you recall a time when God was with you in the fire and flood of life? How did you know He was with you?
  2. How might you make Christ known today to someone who feels separated from the love of God?
  3. Using the comment box below, share one of the blessings have you experienced in this season of social distancing.

Pray

Lord, I praise you for your faithfulness. You are true to your word and have never left or forsaken me. Even when I can’t see it, you are always working for my good. Open my eyes to your movement in my midst and empower me to make Christ known to others. I pray in the name above all name, Amen.
Zac Holt, March 27, 2020
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