Neither Death Nor Life - Romans 8:38-39

Verse of the Day - Day 36

Romans 8:38-39 - Neither Death Nor Life
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Today's Bible Verse:

Romans 8:38–39

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (ESV)

Today's Inspiring Thought: Neither Death Nor Life

What do you dread most in life? What is your greatest fear? Here the Apostle Paul lists some of the most dreadful things we encounter in life: fear of death, unseen forces, powerful rulers, unknown future events, and even the fear of heights or drowning, to name a few. Paul is thoroughly convinced that none of these dreaded things (and he includes anything else in all the world) can keep us separated from the love of God in Christ Jesus.

Paul begins his list of 10 of the most feared things with death. That's a big one for most people. With certainty and finality, we will all face death. Not one of us will escape it. We fear death because it is cloaked in mystery. No one knows exactly when it will happen, the manner in which we will die, or what will happen to us after death.

But if we belong to Jesus Christ, this one thing we do know with all assurance, God will be there with us in all of his great love. He will take our hand and walk with us through whatever we must face:

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4, ESV)

It may seem odd that life is the next item on Paul's list. But if you think about, anything else that we may fear except for death happens in life. Paul could have listed thousands of things we fear in life, and in every case he could say, "This will not be able to separate you from the love of God in Christ Jesus." 

God's All-Consuming Love

One day a single friend asked a father of four, “Why do you love your kids?” The father thought for a minute, but the only answer he could come up with was “Because they’re mine.”

So it is with God's love for us. He loves us because we are his in Jesus Christ. We belong to him. No matter where we go, what we do, who we face, or what we fear, God will always be there with us and for us in all of his great love.

Absolutely nothing can separate you from God's all-consuming, ever-present love for you. Nothing. When those dreaded fears confront you, remember this promise.

(Source: Michael P. Green. (2000). 1500 Illustrations for Biblical Preaching (p. 169). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.)

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