Thought for the Week: 26th July 2020
Our thought this Sunday is written by Linda Stannard.
Where is God?
Today we're looking at St Paul's words in Romans chapter 8 and particularly considering verse 35: "Who will separate us from the love of God?"
Have you heard or said, or maybe thought, "where is God?" when things appear wrong? Many people are at present suffering from illness, grief, loss of jobs, depression, fear of the future, and we wonder why God doesn't intervene, doesn't wave a divine magic wand and make everything go back to January. Some people believe God has allowed this to happen to let us see his power, or to give us the opportunity to change. Others believe that God allows things to happen in order that we might see his glory. These are biblical, at least from the Old Testament.
But let us remember Jesus came and, through doing so, gave us salvation, peace, hope and love. In the passage we're looking at we read that it is Christ Jesus, who died, who was raised, and is at the right hand of God. He intercedes for us and because of this nothing can separate us from the love of God. In the darkest of times we can feel closer to him. In my own experience it is in times of deepest despair that God has come alongside me and I have felt his love surrounding me. Paul ends by saying "neither death, nor life, nor Angels, nor rulers, nor things to come, nor powers will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord".
So let us continue to say "Where is God?" but not with despair in our hearts, but in seeking him. All storms come to an end. There is hope, the rainbow promises this, and while we are in a place of uncertainty, let us remember our world does not belong to a virus but to a Saviour who loves us.
Precious Jesus, Thank you for your love for us, for giving us your grace to draw close to you. We pray today for all, including ourselves, who are struggling with the concept of a loving God when bad things happen. Help us and others to know your almighty love and peace which goes beyond all understanding. Amen.