Lenten Devotional: March 31

Psalm 95; Psalm 102; Psalm 107:1-32;
Jeremiah 23:1-8
; Romans 8:28-39;
John 6:52-59

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. … in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:28 & 8:37-39

Yes! Yes! A thousand times, yes! As I am writing this just a few days into the New Year, this is the perfect reminder I need to make this coming year a good one. Keep my eyes on God, His amazing love, His unfathomable gifts to us.

It is almost an automatic reaction for many of us to be overwhelmed by the ugliness in our world today. The violence, wars, racism, political divisions, terrorism, plight of refugees, crop failures in Africa. We are bombarded on the news and social media with so much to depress our spirits, anger and upset us.

But the message in these verses from Romans is a phenomenally powerful antidote to all that. All we are called to do is love God, and accept His love in our lives. We win! What a prize! NOTHING can top that. No matter what happens all around us, we are assured of God’s goodness towards us, and we cannot be separated from his love – EVER.

We can be equally thrilled by God’s love for us during the solemn period of Lent in the Church year as at any other time, especially since it ends with our Lord being raised from the dead. Who wants to live forever? Well, we can. Because nothing at all can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus. Amen!