WEEK SIX, DAY FOUR, COMMON ENGLISH BIBLE COMPANION
WEEK SIX THEME: LOVE
DAY FOUR THEME: GOD LOVES ME?
SCRIPTURE: ROMANS 8:31-39 (CEB)
“So what are we going to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He didn’t spare his own Son but gave him up for us all. Won’t he also freely give us all things with him?
Who will bring a charge against God’s elect people? It is God who acquits them. Who is going to convict them? It is Christ Jesus who died, even more, who was raised and who also is at God’s right side. It is Christ Jesus who also pleads our case for us.
Who will separate us from Christ’s love? Will we be separated by trouble, or distress, or harassment, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, ‘We are being put to death all day long for your sake. We are treated like sheep for slaughter.’ But in all these things we win a sweeping victory through the one who loved us.
I’m convinced that nothing can separate us from God’s love in Christ Jesus our Lord: not death or life, not angels or rulers, not present things or future things, not power or height or depth, or any other thing that is created.”
THE WORD OF GOD FOR THE PEOPLE OF GOD – THANKS BE TO GOD!
SOAKING IT IN: When we left the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve, we found a life of strife. The Garden was perfection – every need easily at hand and no worries. The only thing that got in the way there was the nagging wonderment about “that tree”.
Children are very willful and naturally curious. In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve were innocent as children. I wonder if Adam and Eve ever asked God about that tree and why it was to be left alone. Whatever, the curiosity won and the Garden is a thing of the past leaving us to all deal with the fallen world. A place where every turn offers us insecurity and concern.
We easily become overwhelmed and distriacted with it all and begin to forget that we are God’s own people, worthy of the sacrifice of his holy son who faced down death and gained victory through resurrection. This power allows us to be back in the Garden of Eden a bit, but only as we remember who God is, what God has done and continues to do, and continually accept the fact that all of it was because of his great love for me / for you / for us all.
If we allow ourselves to forget our forgiveness or to deem ourselves unworthy of God’s love for any reason, we are instantly overcome by the world and all its horrors. But through the Holy Spirit, and through our own determination of our commitment to our God, we can have strength to walk into and through all the uncertainties of this life. We walk in a way that is certainly unusual, even as we are walking it, but we walk in the light of the love of our God who never leaves us or forsakes us, who walks ahead of us, with us, and behind us through every moment of every day. Praise be to such a God of such love for me / for you / for us all.
Lord, help me remember!