I think Romans chapter 8 is one of the most encouraging sections of scripture. And boy can we use some encouragement right now.
It is so sad to see so many suffering from the effects of the Covid virus. Many, many people have lost work and income. Many children are not able to attend school in person. Abuse has increased. And many people have died or have otherwise physically suffered from this virus. It is very easy and very natural to be discouraged and worried right now. But for Christians at least, we need to cling to the fact that present circumstances do not alter the future promise that God has made.
One day, there will be no need to fear death from a virus or anything else. We will be made perfect in the coming Kingdom! That is the hope talked about in Chapter 8, and it is a hope that can not be taken from us.
Until that day comes, be encouraged, fellow believers, in the words Paul shares here. Verse 28 says, And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. That’s encouraging! That doesn’t mean everything will be perfect as we want it to be, but God, in His infinite wisdom knows what is best for our own good even if we do not.
Verse 31b – If God is for us, who can be against us? That is a great statement. What God has put in motion is unstoppable. No one will stop God’s plans, and God’s plans include YOU!
Yes, this pandemic stinks. And it doesn’t seem the end of it is super soon. But we have a certain hope in that coming day, and nothing can take that hope away or prevent that day from coming. Likewise, these momentary troubles can not separate us from the love of Christ. Paul tells us in verse 37 that in regards to these troubles we are “more than conquerors.” We WILL get through these momentary troubles. For that is all they are, in the bigger picture.
Finally, chapter 8 concludes with more incredible encouragement:
38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
I hope that is as encouraging for you as it is for me. Take these passages to heart. Remember them when the world seems to be against you or, as now, the world seems to be falling apart. Remember that your creator, your Father, your God is FOR YOU! And nothing can take that, or His future promise for you, away.
Today’s Bible reading passage can be read or listened to at BibleGateway here – Romans 8-10.
Tomorrow we continue with Romans 11-13.