Romans 8-12: What is Separating Us from God?

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:35-39, KJV


When you think about all the things that could go wrong in life, it appears that more than a fair share of them have in recent years. We have seen people seeming to do everything from lying, cheating and stealing to gain power in our nation. We have seen a modern day plague that has shut down industry and separated close friends all over the world. In the small community that I live in we have seen historic droughts that have threatened the livelihoods of so many.


That's a lot to deal with, and these things are barely the tip of the iceberg when you consider some of the true struggles and heartbreaks that many are experiencing. When you add them all up, it seems that there are a lot of things that could separate us from God, and indeed many will allow the hardships of life to take their focus off of God and onto the things of this world.


But, it doesn't have to be that way. We do not have to let life's challenges separate us from God, that is the point of what Paul writes above. As a matter of fact, Paul mentions a key fact in this passage that so many seem to miss: It is the love of God that we cannot be separated from. For the trials of life have always raged and far too many have allowed these difficulties to help take their eyes off of God. But it should not happen and it will not happen...


unless we let it! For the fact remains, whether in the challenging times in which Paul lived or the difficulties that men face in their own eras, that these difficulties are not powerful enough to separate us from the love of God. 


If the times that you have been going through have seemed trying, it is likely because they truly are - that's not the point. The point is that they are not trying enough to separate us from God and Christ unless we let them. So, if you have been feeling that your relationship with God has been waning, whose fault is it? We might be tempted to say God for letting these things happen to us in the first place, but we would be wrong, for we are promised that there is nothing so bad that we could be removed from the presence of God and His love for us. 


And this promise will sustain us through all of life's challenges, if we will let it. What is separating you from the love of God? 


The readings for the next few days is from the 8th through 12th chapters of Romans. They contain many of the secrets to helping us not only survive life's difficulties, but actually thrive during times that would otherwise tempt us take our eyes off of the only One that can truly rescue us.