Hope Through the “What If”
Written by: Eden Shadwick
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No power in the sky above or in the earth below--indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
- Romans 8:39
Read Romans 8:31-39
We could all use a little affirmation now and then. As humans, we need affirmation. We seek it in all our life choices, in our relationships, and even from our followers on social media. I know I’m guilty of knowing something to be true, yet still asking over and over, “are you sure?” I like to think that the end of Romans chapter eight was written for those of us who need a little more reassuring than others.
In Romans 8:35, an important question is asked, “Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love?” Then the “what if’s” start, “Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?”
It is so easy to dwell on the “what if’s” of life. Yet often our troubleshooting quickly starts to look a lot more like doubt. God doesn’t want us to live with doubts and uncertainty, specifically when it concerns His love for us. God makes it abundantly clear that we don’t ever have to doubt His love for us.
Romans 8:37 answers all the “what if’s” of verse thirty-six with a resounding, “No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.” Yet, it doesn’t stop there. For those of us who still want to say, “but are you sure?” Romans 8:38-39 gives us overflowing hope in God’s love, “And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow--not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below--indeed, nothings in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Now that is a solid affirmation! Nothing can separate us from God’s love. No matter what happens, what we do, or what others do to us--we can rest in the fact that God loves us. God wants us to be undoubtedly sure of His love for us. Today, we can live boldly with hope through the “what if’s” of life because God has assured us of His everlasting love.
1. What are the “what if’s” in your life that are keeping you from remembering God’s love?
2. How will you live differently knowing that God has reassured you of His everlasting love?
Dear God, You have reminded me through Your Word that You love me with unending love. Help me to remember the assurance and hope You give through Your Word when I begin to worry and doubt. Thank You for loving me. Amen.
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