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
I’ve been sitting on those two verses for a couple of weeks, just waiting for a time to sit down and write how these words have been impactful to me in my life. These two verses are a couple of verses that have been words of hope time and time again. But this week, they hit home in a little bit of a different way. This week, a couple of things happened that last night found us sitting, disappointed, kind of shaking our heads, discouraged and frustrated.
Last night, my wife and I stayed up late talking about it. We were both pretty bothered and disappointed. She was crying and I was disspirited. As we turned out the light and tried to go to sleep, still ruminating over the disappointment, these verses came back to me. I had to be reminded that, though people will eventually disappoint us and circumstances may discourage us, there is one rock who never will. I had to be reminded, for a moment, of God’s love.
No matter the discouragement we experience in our circumstances or the disappointments we face in life, Christ Jesus is never more than a prayer away. No matter the frustration, no matter our dismay, no matter how disheartened or whatever happens in life, no one can separate us from God’s love. Those are words of hope.
And this morning, Romans 5:5 has been on my mind as I made it into work.
Now this hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. Romans 5:5
The hope we find in God doesn’t disappoint. Man will disappoint us. Circumstances will discourage us. Things will happen. But there is one constant, one solid rock, one cornerstone, one Lord from whom nothing can separate me.