Rom 8:35 NIV 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.”[j]
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,[k] 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.
Events like the Boston Marathon bombing yesterday leave a path of devastation, trauma, fear, and disillusionment the world over. One of the causes that were being supported by the run, as a way for Boston to help healing was the other unconscionable traumatic loss of innocent lives at Sandy Hook Elementary School just last December.
There are no human words that will adequately ever take away the pain of those who are suffering. But in God’s Word, we find Romans 8 telling us that neither death (v38), trouble, danger (v35) can separate us from the love of Christ. Verse 37 says “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” This is our unseen but real comfort that in the life of a believer, death will not intimidate because when the body dies, the spirit will live on in the presence of God.
2 Cor 5:8 NKJV – We are confident, [I say], and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord
It is interesting to note that the question in Romans 8:35 begins not with “what” but with “Who”. It is inferred that the cause of all these troubles and suffering is masterminded by the enemy, Satan and his dark forces. He is the real enemy who uses people who are not filled with the Lord to wittingly or unwittingly be his instruments to sow evil.
Here are some previous posts on this spiritual warfare (or click under Top Right “Category” under “Spiritual Warfare”):