Nothing Can Separate You from God
A devotional by Patricia Russell
“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:38-39 (NLT)
She held tight to her hand as they left the apartment building into an unfamiliar sea of faces.
The different languages soared through the honking horns and the busy crowd of people shopping, selling and swarming the streets. She held on tight because this was unfamiliar territory, and she did not want to be separated from her mother for any cause or reason. She held on for dear life.
Just as this little girl held tightly to her mother’s hand to stay connected, there is a sense of urgency today for us to hold on to the hand of Jesus Christ by holding the Word of God (The Holy Bible) close to our hearts.
It was not enough for this child to know her mother was beside her; she needed to feel her hand clasped in hers. That gave her a deeper assurance that she was close, connected and would not be far from her source of strength and comfort that provided protection.
Can you remember a time when you held on tight to an object for support, or a hand for comfort and reassurance? You held on because you knew that object or person would keep you safe. Friends, that is exactly what God wants us to not only feel but know as we read His Word and hold on to it for our security. He wants us to examine it and know that when He says He is with us, He means it. He will not leave you nor me, no matter how strong the storms of life blow in our life.
I remember being emotionally torn because of a situation in our family and I remember holding my husband’s hand. The two of us gave each other a squeeze in such a way that we both understood its language. We both understood the unspoken words, that we were going to hold on to each other. We were going to support each other. We were not going to let go even though it was painful and even though it felt dark at that moment. We reminded each other, that just as the Apostle Paul declared in Romans 8:38-39, nothing would separate us from the love of God, nothing was going to separate us from each other.
What word are you holding on to today? What scripture keeps you grounded despite what is happening in the world or in your present moment? Write it out, read it, and post it where you can see it. Do whatever you have to do to keep God’s Word close. The Lord thought it was important when he told Joshua to meditate on His word day and night (Joshua 1:8) so he would have good success. Joshua needed to be so convinced of God’s Word and presence, knowing that he would be challenged to question what he said he believed at some point and time.
Paul, the writer of Romans (a book in The Bible), states in Romans 8:31, “If God is for us, who can ever be against us?”
God is for us. God is with us. God is not like man who change, who becomes weary, who become discouraged. God will not change. God cannot change. Know for sure today that nothing can separate us from the love of God, because God cannot change.
Let’s Pray: Heavenly Father, You are our Father, and You will not change. Your Word remains the same and we stand on that truth and encourage our hearts today with this fact. Bring this back to our memory when we are tempted to be discouraged and when we are tempted to think otherwise. Thank you, Father, for your faithfulness again and again, in Jesus’s Name I pray. Amen.
Song of Reflection: “Good Good Father” by Chris Tomlin. Listen to it here.
Patricia is an encourager. She passionately uses her gifting as an author, speaker, pastor, recording artist, worship leader and coach.
Stronger Resilience: Stories to Empower the Mind, Body & Spirit (a book that she wrote) was an Amazon Bestseller in October 2020.
Patricia sings! She has released two CDs titled Draw Me Nearer and Lord I Trust You.
She also travels to speak to audiences internationally.
When she is not ministering to save souls in God’s Kingdom, Patricia enjoys reading, writing and connecting like-minded people who can sharpen each other in the journey to their dreams and goals.
As a two-time breast cancer overcomer, her desire is to coach others to live life to the fullest by understanding their gifting from God and using it.
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