What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? ….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 things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 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.” Romans 8: 31-32, 35, 37-39 NIV
I will not presume to speak for anyone else, but when I read the words, “What, then, shall we say in response to this?”, something wells up inside me. In the next several verses the deep meaning of those words jump out at me. God did not spare His own son…..for MY sake. His Son, whom He loved dearly, as a sacrifice for ME. His Son, the only one that could atone, stand in the gap, be the bridge. As the verses state, if God would allow that for me….can’t I depend on Him for all things? And for all that He chooses to give me, shouldn’t I be grateful? Isn’t everything after that most holy sacrifice, a gift? And wouldn’t His love, that nothing can ever take away, be enough? Yet, He chooses to bless me a million times over.
This scripture tells me that there are all sorts of things in this world that might try to sabotage the relationship between God, His Son, and me. Spiritual battles, things from my past, uncertainties of the future, deaths of those that I loved, too much of a good thing, or too little of what I long for. A world full of both possibility and peril.
And this is the good part…
the part I savor.
These words penned centuries ago, are just as real, just as alive, just as vibrant as they were when first written….because these words NEVER grow old.
<Nothing> will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Those words are like oxygen to a soul that is dry, and aching for breath. Life giving. Exciting. Satisfying.
His love is a fullness that will never, can never be taken from me. God will not allow it.
A gift. An incredible gift.
Thank you, Lord.
This day I am thankful for:
* spending the afternoon with my husband
* some help from my husband…just because he wanted to be with me
* late night runs
* glorious sunshine
* getting chores done early
* a chance to make a positive difference in many lives
* reaching out to others
* cool pictures on warm weekend afternoons
* a favorite book with dog-earred pages and the “good parts” high lighted.
* making plans for our chickens….yes, I’m excited about chickens.
* smiles that say more than words
* good hair, what can I say?
* being a mom…a joy, a job…..an adventure?
* trying again
* laughing, always laughing
* God who loves me much more than I deserve
* The fact that nothing this world can throw at me, will ever steal Him away from me.