We build our temples for tomorrow, strong as we know how, and we stand on top of the mountain, free within ourselves.
32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
~ Romans 8:32
New International Version (NIV)
Immediately I thought of human trafficking, war, immigrants yearning to be free from oppression, slavery. I read The Message first. In The Message, Eugene Peterson takes this passage to a new level. It will be the bulk of today’s devotional:
The Message (MSG)
31-39″ So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture:
They kill us in cold blood because they hate you.
We’re sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one.
None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.”
Now, as you stand at the bus stop, at the turn-style, sit in traffic at the light, wait at the Motor Vehicle Bureau, wait in court, fold laundry, change a diaper, change the oil in the vehicles, do a simple meaningless task whose only purpose seems to be that it clears your head…hold the vision of standing on top of the mountain, feeling free…
Free to Be You and Me
Because of Him,