Romans 8:28–39 (NLT)
28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. 29 For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory. 31 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? 33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. 34 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us. 35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. 38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
I love Romans 8! Truth be told, I love the whole Bible (especially Leviticus). When I read the Bible, I hear my Father’s voice telling me of His faithful love made eternally possible through the once-for-all sacrifice of His only Son, His sovereign control over all things (including governors and viruses), His desire that I would be closer to Him, and His grace and power that is available to me to have overwhelming victory through Jesus every moment of every day. Reading this section of Romans 8 reinforces all of those truths and more. I have no need to be fearful, anxious, or worried about anything. Some people go to their “happy place” when they are experiencing difficulties, but I am in my happy place everywhere I am 24/7, because my God is FOR me and He is WITH me. Knowing all of that motivates me to devote my life to Knowing Him and Making Him Known.
How about you? Are you experiencing God’s peace that surpasses all comprehension? Are you facing the trials and tribulations of this life with confidence that overwhelming victory is yours through Christ? Are you resoundingly confident that nothing will ever separate you from the love of God? Are you resting in the fact that He is sovereign over all things (nations, rulers, weather, health, diseases, finances, demons, etc.)? Are you a testimony of calm in the midst of the storms of life? Are you facing tomorrow with excitement and anticipation that your great God and King is going to work in you and through you for His glory? Are you joyfully content with whatever He has provided for you? Are you prayerfully looking for every opportunity to use your time, talents, and treasures for eternal purposes?
I am not worried about Covid-19, the stock market, upcoming elections, or my health. But I am desiring to be a testimony to countless people who are. I want them to know that the only true and living God is my invisible means of support and He could be theirs as well. I want them to see that I’m not living for this kingdom but the one that is coming oh so very soon. I am making plans to impact the world for Christ for the next 20+ years, and I’m ready to go be with Jesus anytime He calls. In the blink of an eye I my faith will become sight and I will see my Jesus. I will love Him and serve Him for all eternity and whatever difficulties I experienced while here in this lifetime will not even compare to the glory and joy that will be mine.
I don’t know what all those truths do to your perspective on life, but it makes me think that perhaps Tigger was a pessimist! Yes, I have enemies, trials, difficulties, body parts that don’t work right and are no longer under warranty, troubles, calamities, persecutions, disappointments, vexations, and frustrations. But I choose to keep turning my eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.