WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.
Romans 8:38 (NLT)
EVERLASTING FATHER – HE IS NEVER-CHANGING
George Matheson was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1842. As a child he had only partial vision, and his sight became progressively worse, until it resulted in blindness by the time he was eighteen. Despite his handicap, he was a brilliant student and graduated from the University of Glasgow and later from seminary. He became pastor of several churches in Scotland, including a large church in Edinburgh, where he was greatly respected and loved. After he had been engaged to a young woman for a short while, she broke the engagement, having decided she could not be content married to a blind man. Some believe that this painful disappointment in romantic love led Matheson to write the beautiful hymn which begins with the following stanza:
O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go
O love that will not let me go,
I rest my weary soul in Thee;
I give Thee back the life I owe,
That in Thine ocean depths its flow
May richer, fuller be.
God’s love for us is unchanging because God is unchanging. The word “love” used in Romans 8:38 speaks of a love which is awakened by a sense of value in an object which causes one to prize it. What are the things in your life that might make you feel not valuable or unloved by God? Read the rest of Romans 8 and consider your feelings of being unlovable in the light of that chapter.
Praise God for His unfailing love. Thank Him for loving you in spite of your flaws.