“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39
Once we are a child of God it is final. We cannot as this verse clearly states be separated from our King once we commit our lives to Him. It is important to understand however, that this verse does not say we are immune to suffering but that when it comes we will not be abandoned by our mighty Savior but instead sustained by His powerful love. This reality should give us great comfort.
Comfort is something that is very much needed in our lives. The world we live in is not always easy. There are times we may experience pain, hardship, sadness, or even persecution because of our faith. Other times we may suffer adversity in life because of the simple fact that free will and evil exists which unfortunately at times brings with it pain and sorrow.
However, I urge you do not let the suffering be what you focus on but instead concentrate on the bigger picture which is suffering is temporary but the love of God is eternal. Yes, we will have difficult times but rejoice my friends because these times are not permanent. Although it may seem like we will never escape, take heart and most importantly remember this verse in Romans. Allow yourself to seek God and rely on His strength to pull you out of whatever difficult circumstance you may be in. Trust God and have faith that He has you in His hands. And even if death is the cost you know as His child that it does not end there. Death is only the beginning for we know that we have a permanent home with our Lord and Savior where death, sickness, and any form of hardship will not exist. So remember today and each day that follows to hold on to the hope and love of God and not the fear and hate hardship my allow you to harbor.