37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.Romans 8: 37-39
Nothing will separate us
Friends, I don’t know if you’re discouraged, if you’re wanting more, if you’re absolutely elated–if you’re really confused because you’ve never been to this site before. No matter what you’re feeling, would you do something for me? Would you take out your Bible (preferably your printed, actual Bible and not your phone, but that would work too). Go ahead and read through the entire 8th chapter of Romans. Read it out loud. If you have to read in a whisper, that’s totally fine, and that’s what I had to do this morning so that I didn’t wake my apartment mates. As you go through, briefly meditate on the words, play your memory movie in your mind and hear the words of the Lord encourage you and inform you. Does anything stand out?
For me, it was encouraging just to read the whole chapter over again. But what really stuck out were the last few verses. Nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
I don’t know about you, but there have been plenty of times I’ve been frustrated throughout this process. I have struggled to recall verses and even the acronyms I came up with to represent the verses. I’ve been so relieved when Saturday rolls around and I can just take a load off and not worry about the blog. But Romans reminds me today that Bible memorization is NOT the be all and end all. Bible memory is a tool, but if it is not driving us toward a deeper love of Jesus, then even Bible memory can become an idol too.
If studying the Bible is causing you stress, then take a step back and just remember that your performance in life or scripture study (or whatever!) has nothing to do with your eternal destiny or your relationship with Jesus Christ, so long as you trust him with your life.