Romans 8 is kicking my tail this morning:
Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or are hungry or cold or in danger or threatened with death? … And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels can’t, and the demons can’t. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can’t keep God’s love away. Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. (vv. 35,38-39 NLT’96)
A God who loved you enough to let his Son die for you (v.34) is not going to give up on loving you. He has invested too much to quit. A God who is big enough to cause everything to work together for good is not going to get frustrated and walk away from you. If God is for you, what can anyone threaten you with? (v.31) What horror is so great that it could overwhelm God’s power to give you ultimate victory? (v.37)
The only thing standing between me and God’s ultimate victory in my life is my own foolishness, my stubbornness, my decision to not trust him enough to do things his way instead of my own. What monster are you facing? You’ve got God Almighty on your side, and he is all in with you for the battle. The only way you will be less than a conqueror is if you decide to not fight the good fight of faith.
Once you understand what God’s victory looks like (think Jesus on the cross and rising again), you will realize the truth: God can’t lose the battle you’re in.