“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” (Romans 8:35)
God never intended for humanity to escape trouble during our time on this earth; He says—“I will be with him in trouble,” regardless of what manner of trouble. Even when the most extreme forms of trouble enter a Christian’s life, not one of them should be able to separate the believer from his or her relationship to God and Jesus Our Christ. Trouble for some is opportunity for others, it is a choice we make every day, do we believe God and press forward or will our faith waiver and we fall back?
The Apostle Paul says; “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed, we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted but not forsaken, cast down but not destroyed. Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus might be made manifest in our body” (II-Corinthians 4:8-10). Paul is not speaking of imaginary circumstances which may come about, but of things that are desperately real in the lives of followers of Jesus Christ. Also, Paul proclaims; “We are more than conquerors in all things,” we are super-victorious in the middle of our trouble, and it is not because we are smart, brave or skilled combatants. We get the victory by one source and one source only, our faith-based belief in God and our relationship to Him in Christ Jesus.
This will come as bad news for some but, we are where we are in our spiritual and physical lives because of our relationship to God. Believe it or not! The efficiency of logic and rational thinking are inadequate in their provision of a suitable explanation for too many believers’ present condition. There has to be another explanation. My heart goes out to the Christian who does not have at least one condition in their present circumstances he or she wishes was not there. Paul speaks to the realms of reality, mind, body, soul, circumstance and environment.
“Shall tribulation” separate us from the love of Christ? This the reality of the mind—let tribulation be as it may—tiring, galling, it is not able to separate us from the love of God. Never let worldly cares or tribulation convince you that God does not love you, God loves you.
“Shall distress” separate us from the love of Christ? This is the reality of the body—God’s love holds when everything and everyone says that His love is a lie, and that there is no such thing as justice.
“Shall persecution” separate us from the love of Christ? This is the reality of the soul—God loves you and the persecutor, let them say what they may it is not your fault they have blind eyes and deaf ears.
“Shall famine” separate us from the love of Christ? This is the reality of circumstance—We can believe in the love of God and be more than conquerors, even while we are being starved.
“Shall nakedness, peril or sword” separate us from the love of Christ? This is the reality of our environment—The threat of exposure, harm and even death cannot separate us from the love of God.
If you believe that God has forsaken you because of your troubles, trials and tribulations, then you are looking at God from the wrong perspective. The believer must understand God forges, molds, temper and hammer us after taking us out of the Furnace of Affliction to build our spiritual character, to humble us under His mighty hand. “For it is better to suffer for doing right, if that should be God’s will, than for doing wrong” (I-Peter 3:17). God loves you, sins, faults and flaws, with or without He loves you in spite of your short-comings.
One of two things would have to be true for God’s love to be a lie: (a) Jesus Christ was a deceiver and-or (b) the Apostle Paul was delusional. Extraordinary things happen to a trusting Christian who holds on to the love of God when the odds are against God’s character, human logic and the seed of rational thought are silenced in the presence of these things. Only one thing can account for it—the love of God in Jesus Christ. It is the blood of Jesus Christ shed on an old rugged cross that serves as the glue that will forever binds us to the love of God. God loves you so much that His only begotten Son, Jesus Our Christ died to guarantee that we would never be separated from His love for us. Emmanuel—God Is With Us!
Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ
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