February 2019 Web Article for Cornerstone
Ever felt like you were all alone. That there was not a single person to turn to who cares. You know that feeling. The one where it feels like you have a boulder weighing you down and there is no light at the end of your tunnel. Life seems to go by for everyone else but you just feel like life has gone by you personally.
It is as though you are so high with anxiety that the air there is too thin to breath and then at other times you are so low if feels like the pressure of depression will crush you.
It seems like is simply filled with trouble, hard times, hatred, hunger of every emotional kind, homelessness of the soul, bullying threats, and backstabbing.
Allow me to share some Good News with you. The Apostle Paul tells us in Romans 8:29-39 “God knew what he was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his Son. The Son stands first in the line of humanity he restored. We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in him. After God made that decision of what his children should be like, he followed it up by calling people by name. After he called them by name, he set them on a solid basis with himself. And then, after getting them established, he stayed with them to the end, gloriously completing what he had begun. So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture: They kill us in cold blood because they hate you. We’re sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one. None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.”
If I can get you to only look at one phrase in this whole passage it is this “absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.”
Think of it, when you are in your lowest low, God loves you and Jesus makes the way possible to experience that love. Oh yes, we will have ups and downs still in our lives but we will also have God’s love in our hearts. It is there no matter what. It is God’s promise. We might not feel it but it is there. Nothing can keep God’s love out when we have Jesus come into our hearts.
When new ask forgiveness of our sins and ask Jesus in God’s love takes up residence in us. And nothing can kick it out; we cannot even remove it ourselves. So remember this, God loves you, always has loved you and always will.
Respectfully submitted in God’s love,
Jim Vogt Chaplain at Cornerstone