Originally published on May 11, 2020
“…because the Spirit’s law of life in Christ Jesus has set you free…” (Rom. 8:2)
“All those led by God’s Spirit are God’s sons…you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear...” (Rom. 8:14, 15)
“…set free…into the glorious freedom of God’s children.” (Rom. 8:21)
Glorious freedom. Abundant life. Living hope. Joy inexpressible and full of glory. These are the greater works of God in our lives that only He can do. So what is it to live a life in these blessings and promises? Knowing God. Hearing the voice of the Good Shepherd. Trusting in the promises of God. Humbly obeying to show our love for Him. Waiting on the Lord.
What marvelous promises we have from God!
“Now in this hope we were saved…” (Rom. 8:24). This hope isn’t only for the future redemption of our bodies, but it is also a living hope for the Life of God in my life today. “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word. My Father will love him, and We will make Our home with him.” (John 14:23)
Our hope is in Him. Paul describes this new life as “glorious”!
But sometimes life doesn’t seem glorious.
This hope is often unseen, but there is plenty of evidence and proof everywhere we turn. God is unseen, but He works all things together for our good according the decision of His will (Rom. 8:28, Eph. 1:11). Our growth and endurance often seems slow and inadequate, but God is always at work, making us new creations, renewing our strength (Is. 40:29-31). His invisible Hand is for us and not against us, graciously giving us all things needed for life and godliness (Rom. 8:31, 2 Pet. 1:3). His interest can appear to us as disinterest while the storms grow darker and the waves keep pounding. But He who calmed the seas also promises to bring us safely to our desired harbor (Ps. 107:30).
We are often afflicted, in anguish, sometimes persecuted, rejected, abandoned; in the middle of a pandemic, we are caught in a storm that threatens to destroy our lives and livelihoods, at risk every day just by walking outside – but also held tightly by His righteous right hand that will never let go of me – watched over by His loving protection – never forgotten by His constant intercession.
“…in all these things we are more than victorious through Him who loved us.” (Rom. 8:37).
Nothing that is seen in this world, nor any unseen forces of hell, “will have the power to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord!” (Rom. 8:39).
Father, we are holding tightly to Your promises, asking for Your fullness, longing for Your overflow of hope, in need of Your comfort and encouragement, and daily relying on Your love. Even while our lives have been quarantined and restricted – fill us with a greater experience of your presence and glorious freedom.
Thank you Lord, for your indescribable gift!