God’s Everlasting Love Word on the Week 21st August 2021.
This week, for many, the world must seem to be an increasingly alien place. There are effects of global warming, the conquest of Islam and the pandemic that will not go away all causing some to despair. We need to look into the heavenlies for help from the Lord.
Romans Chapter 8 verses 31 to 39 says that because God’s plans are immutable the believer is assured of God’s love. The verses are paraphrased:
The Saviour died but rose again, triumphant from the grave And pleads our cause at God’s right hand, omnipotent to save. Who then can e’er divide us more, from Jesus and his love Or break the sacred chain that binds the earth to heaven above?
In view of the growing corruption that forces us to devise ever increasing security and surveillance equipment for our protection Paraphraser goes on:
Let troubles rise and terrors frown and days of darkness fall Through him all dangers we’ll defy and more than conquer all. Nor death nor life; nor earth nor hell, nor times destroying sway, Can e’er efface us from his heart, or make his love decay.
During the time of the Covenanters in Scotland many were killed rather than renounce Christ. Margaret Wilson was one who was staked out in the Solway Firth and told to deny Christ when she would be released before the rising tide reached her.
In response to their entreaties from the shore she is alleged to have quoted the last two verses in our passage. “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 chapter 8 verses 38/9). The paraphrase concludes: Each future period that will bless, as it has blessed the past; He loved us from the first of time, He loves us to the last.