“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39
Paul begins his list of ten of the most feared things, with death. That’s a big one for most people. With certainty and finality, we will all face death. Not one of us will escape it. We fear death because it is cloaked in mystery. No one knows exactly when it will happen, how it will happen, or what will happen to us after death. If we belong to Jesus Christ, this one thing we do know with all assurance, God will be there with us in all of his great love. He will take our hand and walk with us through whatever we must face. “Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4) It may seem odd that life is the next item on Paul’s list. But if you think about, anything else that we may fear except for death happens in life. Paul could have listed thousands of things we fear in life, and in every case, he could say, “This will not be able to separate you from the love of God in Christ Jesus.” Nothing can separate us from God’s love. A friend once asked a father of four, “why do you love your children?” The father’s answer was, “because they’re mine.” He loves us because we are his in Jesus Christ. We belong to him. We are his kids. Absolutely nothing can ever drive a wedge between the children of God and their heavenly Father. No matter where we go, what we do, who we face, or what we fear, God will always be there with us and for us in all of his great love. We can walk securely knowing this truth.