Friday, July 10
Apostles' Creed Focus
“The third day he rose again from the dead”
“in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 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.” - Romans 8:37-39
If I were to sum up the last few months into one word, it would be uncertainty. A tiny virus has turned everything upside-down. Our schedules, our priorities, how we work, go to school, worship, But amidst all this uncertainty, God is certain. I hate to sound like a middle-schooler doing a report for school, but the definition of the word certain is worth a look. It means known for sure; established beyond doubt. Unquestionable. Definite. Indisputable.
So what? I could say the same for my coffee table. It’s there. It’s definite. If I walk into it when the room is dark, I’m reminded of its presence. No, God just being certain isn’t enough. But look at the verse again. Death or life, angels and demons, present or future, powers, height or depth, nothing can separate us from what? The LOVE of God. Unlike my coffee table (which is certain) God is both certain and loving.
When my daughter was three I did one of those silly exercises from social media where you ask little kids questions and post their adorable responses. The question was, “What does love mean?” She said, “God”. There is nothing more true than that. Nothing more certain.
This is an uncertain time. Each day brings new things to worry or speculate about. And it’s easy to get pulled into that worry or speculation. Suddenly, we’re petrified to do anything or we’re complaining and spreading our negativity around like it’s hand sanitizer. But we serve a God that is certain and loving. And nothing, not a job loss, or a virus, or virtual school, or even death can separate us from his love through Jesus. It’s easier to face uncertainty when we rely on that truth. It’s not just true; it’s a promise. A promise from our very certain, loving God.
God, this is a scary time. So much of what we’ve become accustomed to is uncertain. Help us to stand on your promises. Help us understand the power of your love so we can live in a way that reflects that love to others.
Verses for Further Reflection
1 John 4:16, Isaiah 54:10, Zephaniah 3:17
If you have some Play-Doh on hand, take two separate colors. Have your kids shape one color of dough into a heart to represent God’s love for us. Then, shape the other color of dough into a smiley face to represent a person (You are about to break the golden rule of Play-doh!). Have your kids squish the Play-Doh shapes together, mixing the two colors. Then divide the mixed dough and let each child take half. Challenge them to try and separate their portion back into the original separate colors (which will be impossible).
It is completely impossible to separate the two colors of dough once they’re mixed together. It’s even harder for us to be separated from God’s love. In fact, it’s absolutely, positively, beyond-a-doubt, impossible. God promises that absolutely nothing can take His love away from you. There’s nothing that can separate us from God’s love - NOTHING! When you trust Jesus as your Savior, your relationship with God is stuck together even stronger than 2 colors of mixed up Play-Doh! Stronger than a magnet. Stronger than super glue! NOTHING can separate you from Him.
Here’s the deal: Sometimes stuff happens in life that you don’t expect. Your plans don’t work out the way you want them to. You might feel alone or afraid. Someone might treat you badly and make you feel like you don’t have what it takes and that can really take away your confidence.
But remember, true confidence is believing the things that are true about God. It’s remembering that He’ll never leave you. He has a good plan for your life. Nothing can separate you from His love! Each day, you can decide to live with confidence - to live like you believe what He says is true.