Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…
For I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels won’t, and all the powers of hell itself cannot keep God’s love away.
Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, or where we are—high above the sky, or in the deepest ocean—nothing will ever be able to separate us from the love of God demonstrated by our Lord Jesus Christ when he died for us.
Romans 8: 38-39 (TLB)
It’s one of my favorite songs—
“Kneeling in this battle ground, seeing just how much You’ve done,
Knowing every victory was Your power in us.
Scars and struggles on the way, but with joy our hearts can say,
Never once did we ever walk alone.”
Matt Redman penned those words in a song entitled “Never Once” which he released a few years ago.
Yet, I know there are those out there who might wonder what world he was walking in and talking about when he wrote them.
How do they fit in your day and life today?
And in what you see in the future, as you look around at all that is happening in our country and world.
How do his words seem to fit today for your life?
Where some of you are dealing with too many days of anxiety and uncertainty as what’s around the next corner in the journey.
Wondering where God is, struggling to find or feel His presence in the moment.
Trying to figure out how to respond to those close to us, whose words or actions continue to hurt, leaving us at times feeling hopeless and alone.
Some of us find ourselves feeling empty, confused, heartbroken facing the barrenness of days scarred by the loss of loved ones.
Yet the song words make clear—“but with joy our hearts can say, never once did we ever walk alone.”
And the Apostle Paul reminds us, in that passage in Romans, that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love.
Yet despite those assurances, it seems that the clouds of despair and hopelessness continue to circle and cover us.
Maybe it’s time to stop and remember His faithfulness, and punch our heads through those clouds.
Look, no matter what happens, or what others do to us, no matter the loss, failures, missteps and disappointments that mark our life, God is still there.
No matter the dizzying speed of a world and nation seemingly spinning out of control and rational reasoning—and absent a sense of love for one another—God is there.
We are never alone. God is still on the throne, above all, and we are never separated from Him.
A few more words from the song
“Standing on this mountaintop, looking just how far we’ve come,
Knowing that for every step You were with us.
Never once did we ever walk alone, never once did You leave us on our own.
You are faithful, God, You are faithful.”
No matter what, my friends.
Never once alone.
In His Name–Scott