27th July 2018

Time and Chance Does Not Separate us From God’s Love 

“I saw something else under the sun. The race isn’t won by fast runners, or the battle by heroes. Wise people don’t necessarily have food. Intelligent people don’t necessarily have riches, and skilled people don’t necessarily receive special treatment. But time and unpredictable events overtake all of them
Ecclesiastes 9:11 (NOG)

Unexpected tragedy happens. This week we’ve seen some terrible examples, such as those caught up in the wildfires in Greece, in the floods in Japan and in the bomb attacks in Pakistan. Our hearts go out to those the victims and their relatives and friends.

When Solomon wrote the book of Ecclesiastes, he was reflecting on life as he had seen and experienced it. Sometimes his view is that most things are meaningless, and in the verse above he sounds almost despairing. He is, of course, writing without the benefit of what we know about Jesus Christ. Although time and chance overtake us, it’s also true that the grace of Jesus overtakes us and covers our life, no matter what may happen to us. The victory of Jesus over death brings hope to all of humanity so that we are redeemed from victimhood to become victors in and through him.

The Apostle Paul put it this way, in expressing the hope not just for believers but also for those who might still believe, “What will separate us from the love Christ has for us? Can trouble, distress, persecution, hunger, nakedness, danger, or violent death separate us from his love?…The one who loves us gives us an overwhelming victory in all these difficulties. I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love” (Romans 8:35-38).

Despite time and chance, nothing separates us from God’s love in Christ Jesus.

Prayer
Thank you, Father, that nothing, not even the tragedies of life, separate us from your love. In Jesus
’ name.
Amen
 

Study by James Henderson

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