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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Monday, April 17, 2017
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Today’s scripture reading:
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 are hungry or cold or in danger or threatened with death? –Romans 8:35 (NLT)
This passage reaffirms God’s profound love for his people. No matter what happens to us, no matter where we are, we can never be separated from his love. Suffering should not drive us away from God but help us to identify with Him and allow His love to heal us. (NLT)
Romans 8:28-39 – And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn, with many brothers and sisters. And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And he gave them right standing with himself, and he promised them his glory.
What can we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since God did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t God, who gave us Christ, also give us everything else?
Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? Will God? No! He is the one who has given us right standing with himself. Who then will condemn us? Will Christ Jesus? No, for he is the one who died for us and was raised to life for us and is sitting at the place of highest honor next to God, 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 are hungry or cold or in danger or threatened with death? (Even 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 his love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels can’t, and the demons can’t. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can’t keep God’s love away. Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. –Romans 8:28 (NRSV)
George Weagba (Montserrado, Liberia) titled his story “THE BEST OUT OF THE WORST;” here is a portion of George’s story:
“Every Easter morning my family would gather at the table to begin our Easter celebration by eating rise bread that our mother baked for us. One Easter morning, my siblings and I were excitedly awaiting the rice bread when we heard a yell coming from the kitchen. . . . There stood Mother, holding the bread with the top and bottom burned. We could see the disappointment on her face. . . . She removed the burned portions and took the rest to the table. As we ate that bread, we realized that it was the best Easter bread Mother had ever baked.
“This experience reminds me of Romans 8:28: All things work for the good of those who respond to God in love. I would not have tasted the best of my mother’s baking if she had thrown out the burned rice bread. At times, we forget God’s promise to turn our worst into the best, our bitterness into sweetness, and our ugly situation into a beautiful one. God can bring the best out of the worst.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – I can trust God even in unpleasant situations.
Prayer: Dear all-powerful God, thank you for working for our good in every situation. Amen.
Prayer Focus: THOSE WHO HAVE NOTHING TO EAT
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