This is a post about faith and what faith can do. There will be more posts about cakes, cookies, and other such things soon enough. Today though, I need to relate my morning reading to you – my readers. Before my feet hit the floor this morning I read the words from Romans 8:31-39. They, my friends, are powerful words.
Verse 31 begins, “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?”
Verse 32 continues, “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?”
Verse 32 relates that God sent His Son, Jesus, to die and to rise again for our salvation (an act that is so completely full of selfless love) and that since God would cause the ultimate sacrifice for us, He will also give all things freely to us along with the salvation through Jesus.
Why? How? Our world is an absolute mess. Sure, our nation is a mess, but it’s not just about our nation. Our world needs, craves, and calls for salvation. The world-wide economy is in shambles. Famine, disease, natural disasters, mass slaughters against innocent lives; the list could go on and on. Our world is in need of repair.
Verse 35 states, “Who will seperate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?”
People cry out that God must have left us long ago because it makes no sense that a loving God who is full of mercy would allow such things to occur against His creation. The truth is that God never left. He never stopped loving His creation. We, His people, turned our backs and walked away. It’s been happening since the days of Moses. We get distracted and turn to things that we can get a better grip of. We get immediate satisfaction by making believe that material goods can truly fulfill our lives. At the end of the day though, we’re going to come up empty.
Imagine what could happen if we let a little bit of faith slip back into our daily life. Jesus said that all we needed was faith the size of a mustard seed in order to move mountains. A mustard seed is so incredibly tiny. With a small portion of faith we could move the mountains of famine, disease, depression, and so on. If we truly included God in our daily lives and truly sought after Him and His plans we would see a difference beyond our imaginations.
It’s okay to seek. God wants us to seek Him. It’s okay to ask God, “why?” Check out the book of Job. It’s all about asking God, “why?”
The people of all nations must come to the realization that selfish pursuits and desires lead to nowhere. They lead to barren, dry, and hurtful places. I know I sound preachy, but I am passionate about this.
Verses 38-39 read, “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 seperate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
There is absolutely nothing in this world that can come between His love for us and His gift of eternal salvation, so long as we accept it. Our world is a mess, but there is a solution.