July 24

Romans 8:33-39

“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” vss. 38-39

As the days begin to blur together and we continue to be confused and frightened by contradictory reports of how long COVID-19 will impact our lives, it’s easy to slip into an almost constant state of despair. Many are lamenting that future prospects for economic recovery have been irreparably damaged, and that life will never be the same. Because leaders of all stripes have shown such a casual regard for the truth we find it hard to know who we should believe. Some have fallen into the trap of perpetual disbelief…they no longer trust any authority figures and are convinced that everything they see or hear is a hoax. That’s a horrible place to be–it’s no wonder so many are despairing as they look to the future! That’s why Paul’s words to the Romans are so precious for us today. He was convinced that there was absolutely nothing in all creation that could separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus. NOT EVEN COVID-19! Would that each one of us could latch on to that kind of conviction, and never let go! If Paul is right, no matter what foolishness our leaders concoct, everything is going to turn out just fine! God’s love trumps all!

Thought for the Day: What keeps me from despair?

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