37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. — Romans 8:37-39
by Melissa Hayes
I was in a store recently where a little boy was crying out for his mother. He was lost. He couldn’t see her for the labyrinth of clothing racks. I locked eyes with a concerned mother, also looking for him, but who was staying quiet for what I assumed was a teachable moment to her wandering son. I motioned to his location, and she nodded. After they reunited, the boy quietened, and the mother took a stern voice, yet comforted him with love and hugs.
This scene took me back to my childhood, when I, too, lost sight of my mother in a large store. A sweep of fear enveloped my fast-beating heart. What if she couldn’t find me? How was I going to live on my own? How could I find my way home? When she found me, she was just as fear-filled as me. I was grateful to have the love of my mother back, and she was grateful to be holding on to my little hand.
Unlike the separation of our situations, God is everywhere. God’s love is always there for us to reach out to and accept. He promises us that once we are His, NOTHING can separate us from His love.
Sometimes I wonder if our view of God’s love is based on how we love Him, rather than on how He truly loves us? Do we love Him conditionally? As long as He can give us what we want or save us from unsavory circumstances, we will “always” love Him. But once our circumstances change, we begin to question God’s love for us.
In context, Paul is adamant from his own experience that God is for us, no matter our circumstances. In other words, God is “all in.” He gave us His Son out of love to cover us for our failings. His Son, Jesus, even goes as far as taking our concerns to the Father when we can’t, or don’t know how, or even fail to pray. That is how much God loves us.
Thinking of the great void of space. To the farthest-reaching galaxy, God’s love is there. After all, He created it. No matter where you go, or how you get there, God is always your home-base whenever you feel lost, afraid, accused or alone.
- Are you feeling less than a conqueror today? Do a heart check and see where your love-scale relies on God’s love.
- In what area of your life do you believe God can’t love you? Offer that area up to Him. Let Him take it and backfill the void with His love. He already knows—He’s just waiting for you to let go.
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