Romans 8:35-39: Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 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.
I was jolted awake this morning by a phone call at 4:30am. Thankfully it was not an emergency situation as is usually the case when receiving a call in the middle of the night. As I tried to go back to sleep my mind kept going over the challenges that I would be facing on this Monday morning. Does that ever happen to you? Do you somehow become so focused on your problems, your worries, or just your lack of control that you allow anxiety and fear to settle in your mind? We all do that from time to time because we are human and that’s what many of us do best, we tend to worry.
This morning as I could not fall back asleep, I got up and read my Bible and I prayed. And as I began to pray, I noticed that those same thoughts of what the day ahead would bring continued to race through my mind. I was allowing these thoughts of apprehension to take control over my day before it even commenced. And as I became aware of this distraction, God led me to His word so that I could grasp the awesome and might power of God that dwells inside of me. The following scripture helped me to get back on track this morning and I hope that it helps someone else today also.
Psalm 5:1-3 (A psalm of David): Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my sighing. Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray. In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation. This morning prayer of King David is the first passage that I was led to and it helped me to grasp that God is still in control in the midst of worry, fear, and the turmoil of this world that we live in. As believers, we wait expectantly for God to still our hearts and answer our prayers.
King David also shows us another way to approach God in prayer when faced with fear and worry. The psalmist points to the only one in whom we can place our hope and trust when faced with the pain and suffering of this world. Psalm 4:6-8: Many are asking, “Who can show us any good?” Let the light of your face shine upon us, O Lord. You have filled my heart with greater joy than when their grain and new wine abound. I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.
And finally, God led me to this passage from Roman chapter 8 in which Paul writes about God’s powerful love that we as followers of Christ cannot be separated from. We all experience pain and suffering from time to time. There are many followers of Christ throughout the world today that experience this on a much deeper level than the rest of us. This passage from Romans offers us encouragement and it exclaims to us that this suffering will not and cannot separate us from the love of Christ. It is in our suffering that Christ is there along with us, leading us along or even carrying us at times, even though we may not realize it.
Thank you God for your promise, that amidst all of the fear and pain that we encounter, nothing can separate us from you, or your great and wonderful love.