For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
And so we should not be like cringing, fearful slaves, but we should behave like God's very own children, adopted into the bosom of his family, and calling to him, "Father, Father." For his Holy Spirit speaks to us deep in our hearts, and tells us that we really are God's children. And since we are his children, we will share his treasures - for all God gives to his Son Jesus is now ours too. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering. Romans 8: 14-17 (TLB)
For I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can't, and life can't. The angels won't, and all the powers of hell itself cannot keep God's love away. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, or where we are - high above the sky, or in the deepest ocean - nothing will ever be able to separate us from the love of God demonstrated by our Lord Jesus Christ when he died for us. Romans 8: 38-39 (TLB)
Alyssa Fritschy lives in Florida. As she writes these words, the world is facing the COVID-19 pandemic. Millions of people around the world are in quarantine, and many thousands have died. Fearful and confused people can be seen racing for cleaning supplies and necessities at the store. But we need to remember in our suffering and times of fear that nothing can separate us from God's love. No matter what trial we face, God's love and care for us will outshine any darkness.
God does not promise that we will not face hardships. In face, the Bible even notes how we will suffer as God's children. Yet the book of Romans tells of our inheritance of God's kingdom and how, though troubles will come, we are promised to share in Christ's glory.
Today when we face darkness we may feel fearful, worried, or anxious. But each time these emotions arise, we can remind ourselves whose we are. We are the beloved children of the Creator of the world. We can cry out, "Abba, Father," and God listens to our concerns. God is stronger than anything we are facing today.
Prayer: Thank you, God, that we can give our burdens to you. You have power over every fear we have. When all we can see is darkness, we praise you for your never-failing light, in Jesus' name. Amen.