DEVOTIONALS

GOD’S LOVE NEVER GOES ON VACATION OR DIMINISHES

SCRIPTURE:
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 8:38-39)

MEDITATION:
When pain and adversity enter our lives, 
it is easy to rationalize and conclude that God has abandoned us. 
“After all”, we think, 
“if He were there, He would have done something by now”.
However, today’s passage says 
that nothing can separate us from Christ’s love. 
That means He has not abandoned us.

No events; no circumstances; no trials or tribulations;
not a single distress can remove us from His divine love.
Rather, we are assured that we can victorious through Him who loves us.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship 
or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be 
slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through 
him who loved us. (Romans 8:35-37)

From scripture we also learn that our present sufferings
cannot be compared to the coming glory.
There is a glory for all believers that is unseen at the moment,
but will be revealed at the return of Jesus Christ.
If we were to try to assess the impact of our present sufferings
versus the glory of His return, there is no comparison.
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing
with the glory that will be revealed in us. (Romans 8:18)

Although it may not be easy, in the midst of our trials, 
we need to focus on His coming glory instead of being consumed 
with what appears to be the hopelessness of our situation. 
Scriptures remind us that God’s good purpose 
is our transformation into Christ’s image.
For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of 
his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 
(Romans 8:29)

When we understand His purpose, we develop a victorious eternal perspective, 
which produces hope and perseverance in us.
For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. 
Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not 
yet have, we wait for it patiently. (Romans 8:24-25)

Nothing we have gone through in the past, are dealing with at present, 
or will encounter in the future can take us away from Christ. 
He is with us every step of the way.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, 
neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, (Romans 8:38)

The unseen powers of evil that try to deceive and entrap us, 
are no match for the Lord.
He holds us securely in His omnipotent grasp.
Only our God is self-existent, and if He calls us His own, 
nothing and no one—not even you—can break that relationship.
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 8:39)

This promise of security in Christ 
isn’t a license to sin without consequence. 
Instead, it should motivate us to fall on our knees in gratitude and praise. 
As we understand the greatness of this gift, 
our love for Christ will increase and result in 
our obedience and perseverance, no matter what difficulty we face.

ACTION:
Have you been deceived into believing that God has abandoned you?
The evil one wants to take any and every circumstance 
and use them to make you feel separated from the Lord.
Rather than sinking into a state of depression, 
focus on the scriptures above.
Turn your back to the evil one, and face the Lord who is with you.

Pray,
“Heavenly Father, thank You for Your promise that nothing can separate You 
from me. Whenever I am having a difficult time, remind me of the promises 
in Your Word. Help me to realize it when Satan starts trying to convince me 
that You have deserted me. During those times, teach me to humbly come to 
You in prayer and thank You for Your promises that Satan cannot destroy. 
When others are going through difficult times, teach me how to encourage 
them by showing them in Your Word that nothing can separate them from Your 
love.”
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About Don Woodruff

Retired from FedEx and dedicated to sharing God's Word with others. I send out devotionals M-F and have written two books: "The Crucifixion Catalyst / Unspoken Messages From God To Believers" (published and available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble) and "I'm Saved Now What?" (unpublished). I am currently working on a third one that will be a Daily Devotional.

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