31 What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?
32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies.
34 Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
36 As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,
39 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.
At what times do you find it the most challenging to persevere in your relationship with God and the work He has called you to?
Maybe it’s when other vital relationships around you fail, or when circumstances that at one time had provided a comfortable life for you changed for the worse.
Regardless, life is full of such challenges to our identity and purpose, and it’s in those moments that we need to remember that regardless of what happens to us, we are in Christ ... the One working all things together for our good.
Today’s passage assures us that we can persevere through difficult times, including suffering and persecution for our faith, because we are “more than conquerors” through Christ.
If God gave His Son, will He not give us all that is necessary for life and godliness? Of course He will.
No matter where we are in current struggles or difficulties, we must remember that the supply line from glory is never cut off and the storehouse from heaven is never depleted.
God will not withhold anything from us that we need to persevere in our relationship with and ministry for Him.
Paul affirmed that nothing has the power to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. The list of potential separators includes physical danger, spiritual beings, present and future occurrences, and powers above us and below us.
To clearly indicate that absolutely no thing or person can come between the Lord and His people, Paul concluded his list with “anything else in all creation.” Absolutely nothing can come between us and our Lord. Nothing can remove us from His family.
- What is the closest you have come to feeling the despair and loneliness of being separated from God like Paul describes in Romans 8:31-39?
- How was your relationship with Him impacted? What will you do differently if you are ever in a similar situation?
As you prepare for the new year, reflect on your identity and security in Christ and the freedom this gives you to live for Him.