In today’s passage, Paul deals with the reality of the great love of God which is now available to all who acknowledge it. But he also addresses the difficult reality that despite this great victory, won for all who accept and believe in Jesus, we must still expect to have trouble or calamity, perhaps be persecuted, or be hungry, destitute, or in danger and threatened with death. Paul says that despite all these things overwhelming victory is ours! So how is that possible. Well I think it is a matter of perspective again. When we step back a little from our busy and self-centred lives, we see how small we are in the greater context of the planet and the universe. We stand in awe at the vastness and beauty of God’s creation to which we all belong. Seen from this wider viewpoint, the petty disputes and fights we live through with our equals, and even the threats of the cruelest, most tyrannical government regimes, seem to be insignificant by comparison. In this sense, Paul is very confident that there is nothing in the human realm that can ever separate us from the much greater love of God.
Romans 8:31-39 NLT
What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. 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 honour at God’s right hand, pleading for us. 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? (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. 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. 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.
We all struggle to maintain a good and balanced sense of perspective every day of our lives. But if there was only one thing I could turn my attention toward, in terms of keeping a balanced perspective, it would be the huge and awe inspiring reality of God’s great love surrounding me and reassuring me, leading me and inspiring me to keep on going. There may well be more trouble ahead, but no amount of trouble or suffering can ever eliminate the love that has been etched on my heart by my Lord Jesus Christ the very son of God. Of all the fights and conflicts that lie ahead, I know that the greatest victory of all time has already been won on the cross for the redemption of my sins, and so, in the context of that, there is nothing in this earth anymore that can ever really do me any lasting harm or separate me from God’s great love.
2 Chronicles 11:1-13:22, Romans 8:26-39, Psalms 18 37-50, Proverbs 19:27-29