Tuesday, May 26
Scripture: Proverbs 4-6, Romans 8
Romans 8:35–39 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.
Romans 8 is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible. It is loaded from the first verse to the last; the whole chapter is worthy of memorization and meditation.
I chose the last 5 verses today. They are the stirring summit of Paul’s thoughts on the unquenchable love of Jesus. Nothing can separate us from His love. Paul mentions trouble, calamity, persecution, hunger, destitution, danger, and death—Jesus loves us through all of those. Then he goes on to death nor life, angels nor demons, fears for today nor worries for tomorrow, the powers of hell, no power in the sky above or earth below—nothing in all creation can ever separate us from God’s love!
Years ago, as I meditated on this verse, it dawned on me that nothing in all creation could separate me from His love—including me! Nothing I do can separate me from His love—not my sin, my selfishness, my stupidity, my pride. His love is bigger than anything in all creation—including me!
Because of His invincible love, overwhelming victory is ours in Jesus over all these things Paul names. Overwhelming victory—literally, a super win! The idea is that we don’t just get by; we win big.
My senior year in high school, our basketball team was pretty sad. We won one game all year—we beat North Salem on our home court by one point. We lost many games by double digits, some games by 30 or 40 or 50 points! Our one win was a squeaker. Many of our losses were “overwhelming victory” (super wins) for the other team. Total domination!
That’s the picture here. Because of the invincible love of Jesus, we go through difficulties—even death—with the confidence of winners. Super winners! And to make my basketball illustration more fitting, it means that even when we are soundly defeated, we know there is something bigger than the game afoot, and because of that (the love of Jesus) we are super winners even in the midst of apparent defeat!
Today, I’m living with the joy and confidence of a super winner in Jesus!
Prayer: Lord, thank you for your conquering love. Help me to live in that love today with this buoyant and joyful confidence!