January 6 Pearl

January 6

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 hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?

As 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 God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow-not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.

This passage is from Romans 8:35-38. Obviously a very powerful passage. The phrase that caught my eye: does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble.. So many times we equate God’s love and peace with good circumstances.

To truly find peace and joy it must come during the hard times and the good times. If your peace and joy is based on good circumstances than your in big trouble!

Life hardly ever gives you a full set of pain free circumstances. There may be a mix of joy and sorrow. Life is good in your marriage, but your child is sick or wayward. Your job is going great, but your marriage is plummeting.

Life is a mixed bag and always always in flux. Never standing still. The only way to have true joy is to be the same person no matter what circumstance you find yourself in.

The only way to do this is to find your identity/joy/peace in and through one relationship: Our Creator/Savior, The Lord Jesus!

How do you find this peace and identity in Him alone? By spending time alone with him in his presence and wait for Him to speak to your current set of circumstances.

What happens is most of us react to life out of our human nature and burn our bridges and make life harder. If we retreated into our closet and were quiet for just a moment we may find what the Lord wants us to do. This is living out of His strength and spirt not out of our own rags.

My Pearl today is the fact that we have access to the very Presence of God. We get to come boldly before his throne of grace to find mercy in our time of need.

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