As we read and pray over these verses for this series, it is easy to let our minds wander. We may wonder if these verses are true…they are. We may wonder if it is all doom and gloom…it is not. We may wonder if anyone understands our feelings or situations…maybe. This last point is the one I want to address briefly here. Feeling alone can be devastating and even a “killer” (of dreams, hopes, or life for example). And feeling alone is very strong. We, as the social beings that we are, like to belong and connect with others. Even introverts! But being alone together is tough. We may, especially if depression is lurking nearby, feel some of these emotions Paul described in these verses. But as God’s representative to you, please be assured that you are not alone…at all…ever. That is one of the promises in this section. Look at verses 38-39. Paul is convinced…that is a choice…that God in Christ Jesus will never be separated from him. Nothing can separate Paul from God. Paul lists a few things that some people may think will separate Paul from God. I would add to Paul’s list that a pandemic cannot separate us from God…job loss can’t separate us…people leaving us can’t separate… even ____ (you fill in the blank) can’t separate us from God. I pray you are convinced of this truth.
What we look at has our attention and our energy. Please consider focusing on what you have in Christ that cannot be separated from you and less attention on the other items. It is not to be Pollyanna about these things. They do matter and God knows they do to you. But, they will pass, they truly will. Staying focused and being fully convinced that God is with you allows you to relax and see options that were there all along…how much God loves you and is with you no matter what. It is tough right now. And we have God’s Word, the Bible, to help us face and overcome whatever we are dealing with right now. And, what’s really wonderful, God will be there during and after all of this. Amen.