Inseparable Love

A devotion on Romans 8:38-39

For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from God’s love which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
–Romans 8:38-39

Yen was very sick.

She made her way to a town 100 miles away to get better medical help than her Vietnamese village could offer. Without her knowing it, her friends there had been praying for a way to reach Yen’s village with the Gospel. When she contacted them, they welcomed her and shared Jesus with her. Though she accepted Christ, she got sicker until finally she went home to die.

Soon after her departure, Yen’s sister called and told these friends that Yen was at death’s door.

They responded, “We have been praying and we believe God will heal Yen!”

The sister scoffed, but the believers prayed, “Lord, we believe You have given us this woman as a light for this village. Please let her live!” Then they told the sister to read Psalm 30, inserting Yen’s name throughout.

But Yen’s sister didn’t. Soon, Yen stopped breathing.

Then the sister decided it wouldn’t hurt to follow the advice of their friends. Taking up Yen’s Bible, she finally found Psalm 30 and did what they had suggested, even though she herself didn’t believe.

As she read the powerful words, Yen stirred and sat up — completely healed! At this miracle, the whole village became interested in the power and love of God! Since then, many have come to Christ.

God’s love is unchanged in the face of impossibilities and weaknesses.

Prayer

Lord God, I thank You and praise You for Your powerful and undying love for me. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Reflection

What would my life look like if I lived every day with the certain belief that God loves me profoundly and is able to forgive me and see me through anything?