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37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. —Romans 8:37-39
When you read these verses from Romans 8, you can accurately say, “Wow! God’s grace is amazing. He loves and values me. Nothing can change that!” Just as collectibles are often valued because of who they belonged to, it’s the same with people. Your value is determined by who you belong to. Like a common item that becomes precious because it was used by a president—your value is in the One who has set His love upon you. And it’s not related to your performance, it’s because of God’s incredible grace.
Coming to know the love of God by faith in Christ is a life-transforming and eternity-shaping event. But the recognition that God loves and values you because of His Son must also affect your life from that point forward. “[Nothing] will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ.” The attitude that should emerge from this truth is security in the middle of a constantly shifting world. If you didn’t earn that security, if you didn’t pay for it and didn’t deserve it, then you don’t have to worry about losing it. You are safe in God’s care. Your security rests entirely in Him and His steadfast love.
Armed with this confidence, it isn’t hard to see that insecurity is epidemic in our day. Fifty percent of marriages end in divorce—not great odds. You have probably experienced a significant rejection in your life and the waves of insecurity that can follow. Or consider the way people move around today, uprooting themselves and their families. They deep-six their current life and all of their connectedness—for what? A little more sunshine? A promise of security?
The constant quest for better, more, and nicer is a huge mistake, and it reveals that we live incredibly insecure lives. People place too high a value on things (like jobs) that are very low on the scale of genuine significance. We trade and throw away relationships like they’re not meaningful, when they really are. All because we are searching for that illusive sense of security—when the Source of true security loves us without end, and offers what the world can never give.
Know this: If you are in Christ, God has set His love upon you. Ultimately your security can’t be geographical or based on human relationships. Your security can’t be in the place where you worship. Your security is in Who you worship and the love He has for you!
Psalm 11:3 says, “If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” Build your life on the bedrock of a loving God who says you are valued by Him. That way, no matter how much is crashing and burning around you, you can rest in the security of a loving God who states, “I am the Lord, I do not change” (Malachi 3:6 NKJV).
God doesn’t change who He’s chosen, and He doesn’t change whom He loves. Ask Him to help you embrace His love as your identity, “For [nothing] will be able to separate [you] from the love of God in Christ Jesus [your] Lord.”
Lord, thank You for the profound security of knowing that absolutely nothing will be able to separate me from the love of God in Christ Jesus my Lord. Forgive me for allowing the ridiculously inferior security options of the world to divert my attention from what I can only have in You. Show me today where my insecurities drive my decisions. I long to live as Your quietly confident child. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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