TODAY’S SIGNATURE VERSE ••• Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? (Romans 8:35 ESV)
PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• Extroverts around the world are miserable. And even introverts / introverted-extroverts (hand raised) might be going a little stir crazy. Personally, I love being at home. But I get stir crazy when it’s not my choice… i.e., snow days. We all need to feel connected, even those of us who maybe require a little less interaction than the extroverts.
I think the hardest thing for me is not hugging. Even though I have introverted leanings, I’ve always been a hugger. I saw a meme late last night that said, “Pray for the huggers! We are not okay! Do you know how hard it is not to hug when you’re a hugger at heart? The struggle is real!” So true!!! Yesterday, I dropped off some movies for a friend at church and it felt so strange to not give her a hug!
We’re encouraged to stay apart right now, and that’s challenging. But it’s important to remember we’re never alone. Romans 8:35 says, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?”
I love this reminder during this time. We may feel isolated and alone in many ways, but Jesus is with us in every situation.
A few verses later, Paul, the writer of Romans, went on to say, “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).
The Lord is near. While a virus may separate us from other people, it can never ever separate us from our Savior.
Today, as you pray, thank Jesus that disease and viruses never kept Him from reaching out to touch another. Thank Him that His love is so great that He willingly stretched out His arms and allowed Himself to be nailed to a cross so that we might choose Him, and by doing so, never be separated from Him. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you during this time. When you’re lonely, ask the Holy Spirit to fill you with the love and peace of Jesus. Ask Him to help you trust that with Him, you are never alone.
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