The Upper Room Daily Devotional 26 May 2023
The Upper Room 26 May 2023 Daily Devotional, Friday Message by Felisberto Dambi (Southern Province, Zambia)
TOPIC: God’s Love
KEY VERSE: Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? – Romans 8:35 (NRSV)
I vividly remember the day I received bad news from back home. I was in seminary in a foreign country, and at that moment, I felt lost and in despair. I could not help but ask, Where is God when it hurts? Where was God when all these things were taking place in my life? I believe that life brings hard circumstances to us all. But God cares deeply about each of us. God spoke and is still speaking to me in the midst of my pain.
In the vast African forest where the seminary is located, I was listening to the songs of the birds and the noise of the bugs when my attention was drawn to Romans 8. I heard God speaking to me through the holy scriptures in the midst of my pain. The first thing we learn from this passage in Romans is that we all go through suffering. That’s why the apostle Paul asks, “Who will separate us?” The answer resounds: No one and nothing can separate us from the love of God! God’s love outweighs the pain. Sometimes God delivers us from the pain and other times God delivers us in the pain. No matter what the circumstances, we are surrounded by God’s love.
Caring God, surround us always with your love. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Nothing can separate me from God’s love.
Someone living far from family
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