Read John 15:1–11
THE INSEPARABLE LOVE OF GOD
Neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come . . . shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.—Rom. 8:38–39
She was a pastor’s wife, a refugee from Germany, who told the tale of separation: how her husband had been torn from his people and his work; how the boys had been scattered, one in concentration, one in Australia, one in America. To be separated from those you love most and the things you cherish is like ripping a man’s skin from his flesh. No pain cuts deeper.
Paul understood this when he wrote the words above. Was he not an exile from his own Jewish people? Had he not turned his back on the profession for which he had trained? Had he not given up a home and family? All for the sake of proclaiming the one eternal satisfaction that a human being can ever know—the inseparable love of God.
You do not have to be in prison or shipwrecked or mobbed, as Paul had been, in order to be lonesome. You can feel desperately deserted even when companions and acquaintances are all around. In such moments the certainty of Paul’s affirmation spreads its warmth through your whole being, and you can face anything, knowing that you will never be really lonely again.
O GOD, who followest me beyond the heights, below the depths, how can I thank Thee for Thy love to me? Only let me know that Christ, who knew the deepest loneliness, is my Companion. Then can I do all things through Him. Then shall I do all things for Him, and nothing shall be loss. Amen.
EDWIN A. GOLDSWORTHY