21 Days Fast & Pray - Day 16 : Our World
A. Devotion - Romans 8:35
In today's reading Paul asks, is there anything in life that could separate us from Christ's love? The answer is NO, nothing can separate us from the unending love of Christ! Earlier in vs 34, Paul has established that Christ will not stop loving us because He died for our sins, He rose from the dead, He sits at God's right hand and He is interceding for us with His omnipotent love. Paul is convinced that nothing can get in the way of God's love for us, not even the devil!
Paul gave a few examples of things (such as opposition and poverty) that may separate us from Christ and some of these things are not unfamiliar to us. Though there will be suffering on this earth, our hope is that through Him, we are more than conquerors. God will give us strength to meet all our adversaries. Yes. He will give us everything we need according to His judgement of what we need, in order to do His will and glorify Him. Therefore, we must never lose heart because our sufferings make us more like Jesus and all these things are working for our good (Romans 8:28).
Like Paul, we often ask God to remove our difficulties. However, He is more concerned with building our character and preventing pride from taking root in our lives. He says to Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:9, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Whatever we are struggling with today, we can choose to know that God has a purpose and His grace is all-sufficient.
Keeping in mind that nothing can separate us from the love of Christ, let us then stand before the cross with a bowed head and a heart full of thanksgiving for His great love, so that we may go into the world to serve him with joy and humility. The Late Ravi Zacharias, said it so beautifully in one of his last talks:
"I sometimes think about the cross and shut my eyes and try to see the cruel nails and the crown of thorns and Jesus crucified for me. But even could I see Him die, I would but see a little part of that great love which like a fire, is always burning in His heart. God has you in His heart, His love for you is personal."
B. Application / Self-reflection
- Think about a time when you were amazed and overwhelmed by how much God loves you. Acknowledge that He cares for you and will supply all your needs, both physical and spiritual. Give thanks to God for allowing you to come to know Him personally. Say a prayer of commitment that you will continue to grow in your knowledge and understanding of who He is.
- The work of the cross is the centre of Christian faith and a symbol of God's holy love for mankind. How does the cross give you comfort in times of difficulty?