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marbella3 66F
2434 posts
12/1/2019 6:25 am

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12/1/2019 5:50 pm

Is There Hope?

Bible in a Year:

Ezekiel 40–41
2 Peter 3
If God is for us, who can be against us?

Romans 8:31

Romans 8:31–39
Edward Payson (1783–1827) led an extremely difficult life. The death of his younger brother shook him the core. He struggled with bipolar disorder, and he was affected by extreme migraine headaches for days. If this wasn’t enough, a fall from a led paralysis of his arm, and he almost died from tuberculosis! Surprisingly, his response wasn’t one of despair and hopelessness. His friends said that before Edward passed away, his joy was intense. How could that be?

In his letter the believers in Rome, the apostle Paul expressed his complete confidence in the reality of God’s love regardless of circumstances. He asked with boldness, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31). If God gave His very own , Jesus, save us, then He will provide everything we need finish this life well. Paul listed seven seemingly unbearable situations that he himself faced: trouble, hardship, persecution, famine, nakedness, danger, and the sword (v. 35). He didn’t imply that Christ’s love would stop bad things from happening. But Paul said that “in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (v. 37).

Through the uncertainty of this world, God can be trusted completely, knowing that nothing, absolutely nothing, “will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (v. 39).

Reflect & Pray
When you face seemingly hopeless situations, how do you typically respond? What promise of God can you cling to, knowing He is faithful?

Faithful Father, thank You for Your ’s sacrifice so that I can have eternal life. Thank You that, no matter how gray life may seem, I can trust in Your promises.

MrsJoe 72F
11718 posts
12/1/2019 12:59 pm

Amen. Simply amen.

If you expect nothing from anyone, you won't be disappointed, but you might be pleasantly surprised.

Robyn363 78F
2746 posts
12/2/2019 10:22 am

He had faith, which I am glad to say I have been able to hold on to.