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Daily Devotional February 10th
“Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?...No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.” (Romans 8:35,37)
God’s love is not demonstrated through the absence of difficulties. Life is hard and especially for those who have chosen to make Jesus the Lord of their lives. Yet, how often do we assume that when bad things happen, it must be as a result of punishment or because God does not care. Nothing could be further from the truth.
While it is true that suffering is at times used as a tool by God to draw us back to Him, it is also at times the fulfillment of the promise Jesus made, “Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me” (John 15:20-21). Bad things happen to God’s children, not because He doesn’t love us, but because we live in a fallen world, with people who do not understand God’s love for them. They hate what they do not understand and we will sometimes suffer as a result.
Knowing this fact should not cause us to be fearful or anxious, however. Paul tells us why: “So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering” (Romans 8:15-17). We have the hope the world needs, because we have discovered the truth of God’s love. As God’s adopted children, we are not called to enjoy a life devoid of difficulties and endless ease. The promises of heaven are not for this side of the grave. We are told to courageously share the truth about God, compelled by the gratitude that should be ours having experienced the grace, love and forgiveness of God firsthand. We can do so knowing that the best is yet to come and our hope of eternity in heaven with our Father is assured.
~ Pastor Jane
First licensed for pastoral ministry in 1994, Pastor Jane Peck has served in camp and church ministries in three denominations, five provinces and in a variety of roles. Her most recent position is that of Pastor at Hope Chapel which she began in 2020. She is excited to see what God can and will do in the days to come!