Who? None!

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? (37) Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” Romans 8.35, 37

Notice that Paul starts this verse with “Who” not “What.” Upon every occasion when I read these verses, my heart is completely overwhelmed with the simple truth that we are NOT conquered, but we are MORE than CONQUERORS. When we take the time and expend the energy to meditate on Christ’s love for us, let us be reminded FIRST OF ALL that separation from Christ’s love is IMPOSSIBLE. Paul enumerates seven (7) different things that we might think would separate us from that divine love. The list is certainly not exhaustive, but it contains enough life’s daily burdens that we get the idea he is explaining. One is tempted, then, to ask, “Where IS God when I am going through all (or any) of these circumstances?” While Satan might suggest to us that God leaves us alone during times like these, nothing could be further from the truth. He does not run in the face of tribulation, or walk away when we are in distress. Neither does He leave us alone when there is persecution. During times of famine (whether physical or spiritual) He is there waiting for you to draw on His strength. Nakedness can occur in more than one area of life – we know about bodily nakedness. But can we acknowledge that there are times when we FEEL naked in spirit, or in a relationship – all the veneer has been stripped away and we are vulnerable. Peril and sword go hand in hand, and in times of peril God becomes our strong tower and our defender. So, what about this phrase: “in all these things we are MORE than conquerors through him that loved us”? How is one “more than (a) conqueror?” Christ doesn’t just WIN the battle. His victory is complete and we are safe to the degree that we let Him fight our battles for us. These are just a FEW thoughts on this all-encompassing subject. May God enrich our walk with Him today as we meditate on this truth. Just My Thoughts …

Pastor Jerry

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