Romans 8:37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
Romans 8 is my wife’s favorite chapter in the whole Bible, and very understandably so. This last section is like a lawyer, building his case to show that without question his client is innocent. Paul was indeed trained in logic, and he uses it brilliantly here. He acknowledges that believers face many hardships, but here he states a marvelous truth that has sustained believers for 2000 years, in many cases all the way through martyrdom. The thing is, whatever our hardship, it isn’t the end of the story. Verse 28, about God working everything together for good, is even more famous than this verse, but this brings out that even if materially speaking we lose everything, even physical life, we still come out on top because we have eternal life in the God who loves us. Very literally, when we are in Christ we have nothing to be afraid of. That’s not to say we are to be reckless or foolhardy; we are to be good stewards of the body and physical life with which we have been entrusted. However, the devil loves to threaten, and those with weak faith can indeed be shaken. We need to remember that even physical death isn’t the end of the story, and walk in the peace and assurance of the love of God.
Naturally, this applies to me as much as it does to anyone. I’ve walked with the Lord enough that I can say with Paul, “To me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21) I would certainly be concerned for my wife if I were to go first, since she has quite a litany of medical issues, and in no way do I look forward to life without her if she were to go first, but I know that God’s grace is sufficient for us both. (2 Corinthians 12:9) I have been disappointed, threatened, and betrayed, but none of those have in any way shaken God’s love for me, and I know it. At this point I am in remarkably good health for my age, and I have every expectation of serving my Lord on earth quite a few more years. I have no idea how many years, nor what those years will hold, other than the complete assurance that they will hold more and more of my Lord’s love for me, and that’s certainly something to look forward to.
Father, thank You for this reminder. Thank You for all that’s going on right now. I indeed don’t know the future in the short term, that is, while I am on the earth, but I do know that I’ve already begun eternity with You. I pray that I would be increasingly useful to You in bringing others to that place of faith as well, for their salvation and Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!