Thursday, May 19, 2011

Romans 8:35-39

Suffering is a part of life—it just is—but the Bible has so much encouragement to offer us during times of tribulation and suffering. Look in the back of your Bible in the concordance for all the verses that speak to suffering, or go to and type in "suffering" in the keyword search box. Let God's inspired word speak to your heart and calm your soul. Key to this encouragement from God is the steadfast belief that God loves you and that nothing will be able to separate you from this love. (Romans 8:35-39) We can hold fast to Him and be assured that He will help us. We have not been forsaken or left alone to deal with our pain, heartache, illness, weariness, anxiety…. We have a Savior, a Champion, a Defender who will see us through. My NIV study Bible says that “suffering has always been part of the experience of God’s people.” In My Utmost for His Highest, Oswald Chambers said, “Never allow tribulations or the “cares of this world” to separate you from remembering that God loves you. Some extraordinary thing happens to someone who holds on to the love of God when the odds are totally against him. Logic is silenced in the face of each of these things which come against him. Only one thing can account for it—the love of God in Christ Jesus. ‘Out of the wreck I rise’ every time.” We will either rise to face a new dawn, or we will rise to take our place in Heaven that God has prepared for us. Either way, we win. As Paul reminds us, "We are more than conquerors in Christ Jesus."

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