Mid Week Meditation pt. 31Submitted on: November 1, 2017
Based on Bible text: Romans 8:37
“Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.”
Paul seems to be answering a question. “Nay, in all these things.” Over what things are we conquerors? To understand Paul’s response, we must go back and read verse 35 where it asks, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?
The question Paul poses sounds like a challenge of strength. He sounds confident enough to face anything that comes his way. Confident enough even that he doesn’t need an answer because he feels that he has the answer. Confidence moves him to answer just the same. Paul says “Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?”
Paul highlights a collection of enemies, not bothering to classify them or put them in any particular order. Seemingly, as they come to mind, Paul lists some virtually powerless enemies, confident that they are unable to drag us away from Jesus Christ.
Note that these adversaries have nothing in common except they are all evil. Beginning with the all encompassing “tribulation”, Paul lists various forms of it. He lists distress and persecution, followed by two purely physical evils - hunger and poverty or nakedness. He then refers back to outward antagonists like peril and sword, or danger and attack.
We are challenged to understand that there is no need for concern regarding the seemingly careless and illogical order these evils are listed. Paul asserts vehemently that these are all powerless enemies when compared with the love of Christ which shields us from all danger.
We cannot deny the power of evil against us. Physical evils, forms of tribulation and outward antagonisms have the power to separate us from joy, hope and even peace. In fact these evils have the power to separate us from almost anything that makes life desirable. They can strip us down to the very core, but they cannot touch our soul.
In the cold of winter, a flower may die, the stem may turn brown and the leaves may fall off. However, the root never dies. Instead it rests in the bosom of the earth until the healing rain and revitalizing sunshine renews its strength.
Paul wants us to understand that “These things” can’t really hurt us, because “they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength”. The season beginning rebirth is just around the corner, for those rooted in the Lord.
Paul did not say that in the midst of our turmoil, Christ is our Conqueror. He encourages us that in the midst of our trials, we are the conquerors. “No. In all these things we are more than conquerors” In other words, while enemies are still threatening us, “in the midst of all these things”, we are more than conquerors. “Nay, in all these things, we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us!” It’s not our love of Christ that gives us the victory. It’s His love for us!
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Submitted on: November 1, 2017