What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not with-hold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? Who will bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As It is written, "For your sake we are being killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered." No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, not things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:31-39 (NRSV)
D.L. Ellis-Johnson is from Texas. In August 2017, Hurricane Harvey, a Category Four storm, touched down on the Texas middle coast. After four days of intense rains, some area were deluged by more than 40 inches of water. The damage caused by the destructive and deadly storm shook America to its core.
On Monday after the storm, A Dallas newspaper reported that some people held Sunday worship services in an outdoor athletic facility in south Texas where Hurricane Harvey hit hardest. Those who attended said it was important for them to be at worship, despite the ravages of the storm. They were demonstrating their faith in Christ.
In his letter to the Roman church, Paul said that none of life's events can separate us from God's love/ We are more than conquerors! The people in south Texas proved that devastating circumstances and calamities like Hurricane Harvey cannot prevent us from worshiping the true and living God. We will bless the Lord at all times. With our faith rooted and grounded in Christ, we are unshakable!
The same is true today. We are unshakable even in the midst of this Corona - virus. Let's keep our faith strong and remember nothing can separate us from the love of God.
Prayer: Living God, help us always to be steadfast, immovable, and abounding in your work and love at all times, in the name of Jesus, amen.