By Ron Triggs
Romans 8:31-39 is one of those passages that makes you want to ask the Apostle Paul, “How did you know?” We all relate to feeling worthless, stupid, and incapable; and it’s not a fun way to live. It tells us that it’s just a matter of time until we’re rejected for not being good enough. Yet God bothered to send Jesus and speak through Paul so you would think otherwise.
The question is, what’s it going to take to get us to believe God’s simple, straight-forward promises?
- to never be against us
- to give us everything
- to choose us
- to give us right standing (case dismissed!)
- to never condemn us,
- to never let us be separated from him,
- to make us superheroes!
And… in case all of those aren’t good enough, Paul devotes vs. 38-39 just to our separation anxiety. Why? I think because though we’ve all experienced love, we’ve also had it taken away from us. People who loved us bailed on us. People we loved died. The hard thing about love is that as much as we need it, the pain of losing it tempts us to think love’s not real or that it has to be continually earned. But real love is given, never earned.
Through the Holy Spirit, you and I never have to fear losing love again. Yes, we’ll lose the love of people but never God’s. He is your Source, your Rock. “…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.” No buts. No exceptions. Nothing! Because you never earned it in the first place.