What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us. Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? 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? (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. 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, 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 8:31-39
This scripture is one of my most favorite passages in the bible. I’ve been hit with this passage in different ways in the last 2 weeks. That always says I need to pay attention, God always has something to say to me when He points to certain scriptures. I read this passage in two devotionals that I looked at last week. Then one of my Pastor’s preached on the passage the other day. Lastly, a friend of mine posted it on Facebook. That was the straw that broke the camel’s back. I’m going to unpack this scripture hopefully in a fresh way.
I don’t like to call trials, trials, it sounds like God is putting us on trial. He is not putting us on trial; He is building character and faith in us. Sometimes we may fail the circumstance faced, but we learn something in the process as we move through the process. Circumstances will pop up and surprise us, the idea here is to keep our attitude solid and trusting God to move us through and be with us as we go through the circumstance. The first thing Paul establishes is that Jesus paid it all for us so that we can receive God’s blessings. When we accept what Jesus did, we take on His perfect life and God sees us as perfect. We are far from perfect, but God’s first blessing is we are seen as perfect in His eyes. Even though we may do things wrong, God still sticks by us and blesses us with His unwavering favor. Our attitude comes into play when we don’t look at the circumstance faced, but look at what God has done in the past to move us through a circumstance.
The next blessing is Jesus’ blessing us with sitting on God’s right hand pleading for us. Jesus is whispering in God’s ear that He paid for that thing we just did. Not only is He pleading that, but He is praying for us and using His Holy Spirit to give us peace in the middle of a circumstance faced. When we feel like we are at the end of the rope, Jesus uses His Holy Spirit to give us more rope to hold on to. It’s such a blessing it is to have Jesus pleading for us.
The next blessing is no separation. We cannot be separated from the love of God. God is not the author of our circumstances we face. He is not up there planning out how to hurt us. The hurt comes from the enemy trying to unhinge us from fellowship with God. He lies to us and tells us God is making all this happen. The reality is the enemy is doing these things to see if we will fail. What’s so cool about God is He sees us through everything even if we fail, we always get a second chance, a third chance and so on. Paul goes on and says the despite all of these things we have victory in Jesus. No matter what we face, we will have victory. I was at the end of my rope; I had heart failure, bad asthma, and sleep apnea. I was a total mess and morbidly obese. God gave me a second chance at life and now I am walking victoriously on God’s path to my godly destiny. I lost all that weight, I got healthy, all those problems went away, and now I’m planning on changing other people’s lives. I lost and now I found life and want to give life to others. That is awesome victory.
There are three blessings to remember when faced with a circumstance. The first is the blood of Jesus covers us. The second one is Jesus is sitting at the right hand of God pleading for us. The last blessing is we are never separated from God’s love. If we can grasp and understand just a little of the first two blessings that last one makes us a river of life that can flow into others’ lives. God’s love changed my life and so it can change yours. Jesus overcame the world and death, so we can overcome every circumstance we face.
[David Howard], [David’s Body Temple], 2011-2015.