Words From The Heart: Special Weekly Reflection #25
“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.”
Romans 8:38-39 (NIV)
Structural engineers are special people. What they do brings people together. Unless you live with every member or your family and every friend, which isn’t likely, you have a structural engineer to thank when you visit with family or friends. They design roads, bridges, tunnels – just about everything you need to travel to visit loved ones.
I have a friend who is the Chief Engineer with the Florida Department of Transportation. One day I asked him how he designed a bridge. He brought out plans, diagrams, graphs and photographs, and in an hour or so schooled me in bridge design. It’s a lot of work and a long process just to ensure that people can travel safely to visit with others.
There is a lot in our world that tries to keep us apart – the most recent of which is the COVID-19 pandemic. Even when we can be with others, we are told we have to wear a mask and social distance. It can be frustrating and taxing.
What a contrast to what we read in Romans 8:38-39: “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.”
What an incredible promise. God loves you and has proven that by sending Jesus to take your sins upon Himself on the cross. While there is much in our world that works hard on separating people from one another, nothing can thwart God’s love from being poured out into our lives. The heart of this verse is “in all creation.” The love of God surpasses anything that is created, because it a part of the nature of the Creator.
The implication of this is staggering. Nothing you can see in the world around you, or in the unseen spiritual realm, can remove you from God’s love. No matter what happens to you, or where you find yourself, God’s love is there.
Corrie Ten Boom was a survivor of Ravensbruck concentration camp during World War II. Her sister Betsie died in the camp on December 16, 1944. Before she died, Betsie said to Corrie “There is no pit so deep that God’s love is not deeper still.” This is the heart of Romans 8:38-39. If the Ten Boom sisters could experience the love of God in a Nazi concentration camp, it can certainly permeate whatever it is that you are facing today.
COVID-19 may be separating you from people you care about. That is heartbreaking, and we all pray that the day will soon come when we will be able to be with those we care about. In the meantime, be assured that nothing can prevent you from experiencing God’s incredible love for you. Reach out to Him today in prayer, and He will pour His love into your heart and life.
I’m Bob Beasley, and these have been words from the heart.