For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39)
Things to come.
Any other created thing.
That’s a pretty significant list. Can you think of anything else you need to add to the list to convince you that nothing can separate you from the love of God?
Yet we imagine there are so many things. Go ahead. Think of all you can. What can separate you from the love of God? Does it possibly fit into the list above? Is it something that can actually separate you from the love of God, or is it something you allow to feel separated from the love of God? There’s a difference.
We often declare how we’re experiencing something as the truth of the experience. Not that I want to belittle anyone’s experiences. But things are not always as they seem. When it comes to our relationship with God, things are often not what they seem, simply because we have very limited vision. We start with our perspective and say, “Oh, that must be the reality of what’s happening right now.” It might be, but it’s not the totality of reality. God sees the grand perspective because He widens the viewpoint and knows what’s going on beside you that you don’t see. He sees what’s going on every moment of every day in every place at every time with every person.
He’s invested, and He doesn’t withdraw His love. Just because we don’t feel it or understand it doesn’t mean He has withdrawn it. God’s love is constant. It is dependable. It is inseparable from the people He creates—including us.
Dear God, I know that nothing can separate me from Your love. I don’t always live in that truth though. I let things get between me and You, and worse yet, I wonder why You have moved away from me. I am sorry. I know it’s not You. I know You are always close to me, and You are always guiding and providing for me. You are always loving me, and You love me well. Help me to accept the reality of Your love.