Thursday, February 19, 2009

In These Hard Times

I just got this devotional today (from Encouraging Words Daily Devotional for Women, an email service from Today's Christian Woman). It's an excellent word when we're experiencing such hard economic times in our country. I especially love the translation:

Today's Verse from the New Living Translation
"Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won't he also give us everything else? … Can anything ever separate us from Christ's love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? … No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. … 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 8:32, 35, 37, 39 view in context

Encouragement for Today
Nothing can separate us from the love of God. We must not look to circumstances for evidence of God's love or proof that he will take care of us. If God did not withhold the best he had to give us—the life of his Son—will he not also give us everything else, including his love and power? When circumstances are dire, don't look at them. Gaze at the cross of Christ and what he suffered there for you. Then his suffering—and victory—will swallow up your suffering. Paul says that "overwhelming victory" is ours.—Diane Eble, author of Abundant Gifts: A Daybook of Grace-Filled Devotions

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope this touches you like it touched me.


LynnRush said...

NICE!!! Thanks for this.

Missy Tippens said...

Thanks for coming by, Lynn.