All These Things

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“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 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” (Romans 8:37-39, NIV).

All. These. Things.

Each of us has a list of them. All the things that threaten to crush our spirits. The things we feared and worked so hard to avoid—but now they have slammed into our lives anyway.

Job had a list. In rapid succession, Job loses his oxen and donkeys, his sheep and his camels, his servants and his children, and finally, his health. “What I feared has come upon me; what I dreaded has happened to me,” he moans (Job 3:25).

Paul had a list. (More than one, actually.) One of his lists shows up right before the passage I quoted above, where he rattles off this collection: “trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword…” (Romans 8:35).

All. These. Things.

What shows up on your list? What pain and loss and overwhelm threaten to swamp you in fear? What situations loom so large in your consideration that they threaten to block your view of God’s love?

Remind us today, O God, of your love. Your love that is wider and longer and higher and deeper than our fear. Your love that finds us and holds us tight even in the midst of all these things.

Draw us into your love Christ Jesus, and deliver us from fear.

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