Romans 8:38-39 has always made my heart soar – nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus Not life, nor death, principalities, angels or rulers, powers . . . but, then it gets more personal.
Nothing today or yet to come. . . What a comforting thought, isn’t it? No matter what happens to me today, or whatever I fear may happen tomorrow, Christ will be right beside me. He knows all and sees all I am tunnel visioned and focused on the now, or shutting my eyes to tomorrow. And though it is not stated, nothing in the past can either, if I have laid it at His feet.
Nor height nor depth. . . What is height or depth? It is the depth of despair and the height of joy? When we are so far down in the dumps we can’t raise our heads, Christ is there. When everything is going just fine, thank you very much, and we feel we don’t need Him in our lives , He is there anyway. Whether we fall to our knees in whispered prayer, or shout to the rafters, Christ hears us. In the valley of everyday drudgery or in our rare mountaintop experiences, He is holding out His hand to guide us.
nor anything else in all creation . . . Paul may have well said, “No matter what else you can dream up in my little head, my friend.” All excuses, blames, angers, hurts, and wounds find healing balm. All self-made pompous remarks, greed, pride and vainglory wither in His presence. Prejudices and deep seated anger dissipate the longer they are exposed to the Light. No matter the sin, it is we that block it from His love, not Christ.
No matter what, we can’t shove Him out of our conscience, or move Him out of our lives once we have responded to the knock on our soul’s door and asked Him into our hearts.
Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus . . .not even ourselves.