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ORBIT | WEEK SIX
ORBIT – DAY TWNETY NINE
Hello and welcome to another Orbit, the weekday devotional from the youth team at St Mary’s Reigate. If you’re just joining us for the first time, Orbit is a daily Bible reading, with some thoughts to help you put it into practice in your life. We hope this is useful – if you like it, please do spread the word!
BIBLE READING – Romans 8: 35-39
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, 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.
Lots of the things in our lives are much more fragile than we like to admit. Whether it’s something fairly trivial like the form of your favourite sports team, or something quite consequential like the reliability of our computer’s hard drive, things that we put our hope and faith in can often let us down.
Paul wants to let us know very clearly that the love of God is not on that list. He tells us in this passage that God’s love is utterly dependable – that it will never let us down or abandon us. But he doesn’t leave it there; he wants us to be absolutely certain of the fact that God will never fail us. So he actually presents a list of things that can’t get in the way – things that we might imagine could obscure or destroy our relationship with Jesus.
Death can’t do it – he says – because our eternal future is with God. Life can’t do it either – because God enters into this everyday life to be with us through his Holy Spirit.
Angels and demons, or other supernatural powers, might be able to impact the world in positive or negative ways, but they can’t get in the way between us and God. The present and the future are also excluded – nothing we do now, or in the future, can bar us from accessing God’s love.
Nothing with power – Presidents, countries, corporations or institutions – can stop God’s love. Nothing – in fact to be absolutely clear Paul says “nor anything else in all creation” – can separate us from the love of God.
Sometimes it can be hard to trust that God is for us, or even there at all. But Paul reminds us that whatever situation we face, or whatever we might do, there’s nothing so big that it stops God from reaching us. It’s a simple thought, but a massive one, and that’s why Paul triple-underlines it. God will not let us down.
In a world with so much disappointment, that’s incredibly reassuring. Your football team might start losing; you might lose your job or – tragically – you might experience great loss. But through it all, one thing remains – the love of God will never leave you, and it lasts forever.
You might want to join me in praying this prayer.
Lord God, I thank you that nothing can get between you and me – that in a world of false hopes, you will never let me down. Help me to see your hand at work in my life even when I suffer disappointment and loss, and please remind me of your presence with me at all times. Amen
There’s now a chance for you to pray, or listen to God, or simply be still for a few moments.
Each day we will provide you with a simple challenge; something to do which helps you put this little thought into action. Here’s today’s challenge:
Today we want to invite you to get a bit creative and arty. You might just want to do this as a doodle in the corner of a pad, or get everything out of the craft cupboard and really go for it. Either way, spend some time thinking about the love of God – this high, deep, wide love that cannot fail us or let us down – and see if you can represent it in a picture. It can be as abstract as you want – just use your pencil or whatever you choose to use, as a form of prayer.
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We’ll be back with another edition of Orbit tomorrow. Thanks for taking part today!