Romans 8:35-39 New International Version (NIV)
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
36 As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,
39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
In the past few weeks, God reminded me of an important lesson. Actually, we all know how to live our lives and how we should react in certain situations, but often it is difficult to act properly.
Joshua had a cold for the last five weeks. Sometimes I had the impression that he is getting better and then the whole thing started happening all over again. So in the past weeks there where many moments when I felt frustrated, without strenght and without patience.
From my own experience, I know that in such situations, we have the need to talk to someone, to someone who understands us. We panic, call our friends or family, listen to other opinions, search for information on the Internet … the feeling of fear overwhelms us … until God says STOP! just breathe, give me all your problems and come to rest… Do not worry, I’ve got everything under control! The fear does not come from God and God wants us to go straight to Him with our problems and struggles and not to other people, because no one can give you peace like God.
Three important things that God has put into my heart in the last few weeks:
– we are chosen, God loves us and is mercyful
– We have a purpose, Christ is before us and behind us on our journey no matter what comes ahead
– Nothing separates us from his love and he never lets us down.
It all depends on the decisions we make in life. Do we choose faith or choose to bury ourselves in uncertainty, fear or courage,to be sad or happy and grateful for what we have! Let us not say “I can not” , instead say “I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength”! Let us go directly to God …. and choose to grow , not stay in our daily comfort. Let’s decide to put our problems at his feet and not panic for every little thing.
Life with Joshua is a new beginning for us, a beginning in which God teaches us to grow spiritually every day, with every decision and in every situation.
I pray that God gives us the strength, to fully trust Him in the situations where fear and panic comes.
1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the Lord,the Maker of heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot slip—he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord watches over you—the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord will keep you from all harm—he will watch over your life;
8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going ,both now and forevermore.