I was reading in one of my devotionals this morning from Oswald Chambers. If you are not familiar with his devotional “My Utmost For His Highest”, I strongly encourage you to go out and buy it or you can probably find a free pdf of it online! Each day he provides a spiritual nugget for the soul and today’s is so assuring!
“Out of the wreck I rise”
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Romans 8:35.
God does not keep a man immune from trouble; He says—“I will be with him in trouble.” It does not matter what actual troubles in the most extreme form get hold of a man’s life, not one of them can separate him from his relationship to God. We are “more than conquerors in all these things.” Paul is not talking of imaginary things, but of things that are desperately actual; and he says we are super-victors in the midst of them, not by our ingenuity, or by our courage, or by anything other than the fact that not one of them affects our relationship to God in Jesus Christ. Rightly or wrongly, we are where we are, exactly in the condition we are in. I am sorry for the Christian who has not something in his circumstances he wishes was not there.
“Shall tribulation …?” Tribulation is never a noble thing; but let tribulation be what it may—exhausting, galling, fatiguing, it is not able to separate us from the love of God. Never let cares or tribulations separate you from the fact that God loves you.
“Shall anguish …?”—can God’s love hold when everything says that His love is a lie, and that there is no such thing as justice?
“Shall famine …?”—can we not only believe in the love of God but be more than conquerors, even while we are being starved?
Either Jesus Christ is a deceiver and Paul is deluded, or some extraordinary thing happens to a man who holds on to the love of God when the odds are all against God’s character. Logic is silenced in the face of every one of these things. Only one thing can account for it—the love of God in Christ Jesus. “Out of the wreck I rise” every time.
Chambers, O. (1986). My utmost for his highest: Selections for the year. Grand Rapids, MI: Oswald Chambers Publications; Marshall Pickering.
Perhaps you are struggling in your walk with Christ. Perhaps you are the Christian going through trials, tribulation, and distress. You find it hard to even hold on to Christ in a broken world. Yet, the most reassuring thing that God’s Word tells us is that if you are in Christ, if you have believed in him for your salvation, then you are in his hands. Do you know the security that is found in those hands? It is eternal security. He will never let you go. Neither will the Father let you go! In fact, it is impossible for God to let you go because of his love for us in Christ Jesus our Lord! How neat is that! You don’t have to fret about your circumstances and worry that your salvation could be there one day but gone the next. Hold fast to Christ, because he is holding fast to you.
John 10:27-30 (ESV)
27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”