26 In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; 27 and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. 29 For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; 30 and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.
31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? 33 Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; 34 who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. 35 Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 Just as it is written,
“For Your sake we are being put to death all day long;
We were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Oh, I needed this today. A gentle reminder that NOTHING can separate us from the love of God…why? Because His love for us is safely tucked in Christ Jesus. We are so tucked into Christ, that nothing can pluck us from that safety. This whole scripture section is saying, Hey…I’m chosen, redeemed, made pure and holy by Christs death, I’ve been ordained to be His child, and I’m so secure in this, I’m tucked up in Christ, nothing can take me from my Father’s love.
When I moved away from all I knew, I still had God.
When I walked down a path of sin, I still had God.
When my son passed away, I still had God.
When my Dad passed away, I still had God.
When I went through two more difficult pregnancies, I still had God.
When we went through another baby having colic, I still had God.
When we moved here to Texas, I still have God.
Nothing can take me from Him, the unknown cannot. The fear of death cannot. The depth of grief cannot. The depression cannot. I have walked through things which you have not, and you’ve walked through that which I haven’t…but we can still both say, NOTHING can take me from You, God.
I’ve come to see trails as a gift, and I’m learning that they keep me close too and focused on: God. He alone can be my all. The depth of my devotion to Him defies words, at the moment.