Romans 8: 35; 37-39
You don’t have to go very far or look too hard to find bad news these days. If you turn on the television, there are all types of tragedies happening across the globe—people losing their lives, children starving, families with no place to live, or people getting sold into human trafficking. It’s daunting, it’s horrific, and it’s heartbreaking.
Many of us are facing trials of some degree. Difficulties and obstacles that just don’t make sense. Some of our backs are against the wall and there are mountains that just won’t seem to go away.
Whatever the circumstance and whatever you are going through, it is probably wearing on you and you are at the point where it feels like all hope is lost. Sometimes the struggle is so bad you don’t feel like going on. You get to the point where you are tired of trying and tired of caring. Feeling weary and wanting to quit hoping for that turn around happens to all of us—we are all human and none of us are exempt from the trials and tribulations of this life. Your struggle might not look like my struggle, and my pain may not feel exactly like your pain, but we all hurt, we all go through.
I recently spent a few weeks checking out the book of Romans. If you are not familiar with it, I recommend you read it! Something the Apostle Paul wrote in the eighth chapter really spoke to me. I’d like to share some of the verses with you:
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus.
When I read this I felt a huge wave of relief! Things may be tough right now while we are in the thick of it, but these three verses assure us that if we are in Christ, we are victorious in spite the hardships we face. Not only are we victorious, the word tells us that we are conquerors. God looks at us and sees the potential and the promise to not just go through the tribulations but to also come out on the other side of them as conquerors who cannot be separated from his love—that’s pretty powerful.
Verse 35 mentions: Today those things can be translated to:
• Tribulation Family Feuds/dysfunction
• Distress Stress on the job
• Persecution People mistreating you
• Famine Struggling financially
I don’t know about you, but I really want to walk in this authority found in Romans that God provides. I don’t want to fight for the victory anymore. Friends, I want to fight from victory until verses 35; 37- 39 become my way of life.
What would shift if we prayed these verses over all of our problems and boldly declared, “[problem] it’s nothing!”
I wonder what would happen if you and I stopped telling ourselves and God how big our problems are and started telling our problems—no matter how horrific and heartbreaking—just how big our God is…