♣ God’s Eternally Active Love
“For I am sure 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” – Romans 8:38-39.
PAUL WAS ABSOLUTELY persuaded that nothing can ever separate us from the love of God. There was nothing left whatsoever to consider that may pose a threat of dividing us from God since we have been brought into an eternal union with Christ; Paul had exhausted every possible scenario.
It is one thing to be told we are eternally loved by God but quite another to encounter that. A man and woman may have tremendous love for one another and yet be lovesick due to the thousands of miles that separate them for a time because of duty to country or vocation. In our relationship to God it is profoundly different; there is nothing that limits the omnipresent God to expressing His love to us.
We are not just declared to be infinitely loved by God; we are loved in the active sense. No amount of miles, any unfavourable condition or darkest depression we may find ourselves in will cut us off from God wanting to make that known to us, impressing on our hearts how precious we are to Him. That is not to say, we are always conscious of this wonder; many times through pain and perplexity we may have questioned as to whether this truth applies to us, but it does and because of God’s covenant with those whom He has chosen and called, such a firm foundation of love can never be altered; it is not a will that is open to the minutest change as much as God cannot decrease or increase in any one of His attributes.
It is in the throes of suffering and when all the odds seems to be against us that God has drawn us very close to Himself. Our nearness to God has more often than not resulted from affliction. Our greatest spiritual blessing has been during times of grievous trials. Our experiential knowledge of God has increased in the extremities of life.
One of the reasons why God leads us through the things we naturally dread is to show us how really secure we are in Him. It is in desperate times God has supernaturally sustained and strengthened us. Our assurances come more powerfully in the night than in the morning. Notice how pain and a joy inexpressible coincide in the Christian life (1 Peter 1:6-8) – what a strange concoction and yet how astoundingly wise is our Father’s way of conforming us to His Son’s image. Heavenly character is being formed which is the evidence of being partakers of God’s holiness.
We know God loves us because of what the Scriptures state in that He delivered up His Son for our crime, but it will take this lifetime and the whole of eternity for God to reveal the depths of such love to us. It is God’s way of bringing us to the place, that in whatever situation we may find ourselves in, we can declare, “In all these things we are more than… [because the love of God has filled our hearts].” Yes, it is a love that is sometimes felt; it goes beyond a mere knowing about it that gives us such confidence – instead of being presumptuous – that He will steadfastly and undyingly continue to love us. “Surely”, as David said, “goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life” – and that is none other than God’s love pursuing us which no darkest vale or prison walls could ever alter, reverse or prevent us from receiving.
Posted on October 22, 2014, in ♣ Devotional and tagged devotional, encountering God's love, God's love, God’s Eternally Active Love, Mark Anthony Williams, Romans 8:38-39. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.