21 | Inseparable
The Lord has given us this incredible promise that we can never be far away from His protective love! Today, Isabel reminds us how we can know this as truth in our lives.
8 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.
When I was eleven, my whole family got on a plane at LAX airport and left everything I’d known behind. We were moving to London. My grandparents dropped us off at departures - I remember hugging my grandfather and thinking I don’t know when I’ll see you again.
It was a weird feeling. I’d grown up in Los Angeles, close to my mum’s side of the family; my grandparents’ house was effectively a second home. I knew I would see them again. We’d visit, they’d visit - I just didn’t know when. The regular pattern of our life together was over.
They still loved me, I knew, but now the places and ways I experienced their love had changed. We couldn’t have barbeques, sleepovers, trips to Disneyland - now we had Skype, and email, and occasionally a visit. I wasn’t sure when I would hear from them. Before, I had seen them a few times a week - now I was lucky if I saw them in person once a year.
I wonder if sometimes God’s love feels a little like that. You know that he loves you - but maybe he feels far away. Maybe, like me and my grandparents, you don’t know when you’re going to ‘see’ God’s love in action.
We all get things wrong. Sometimes we can even make choices that leave us feeling like we’ve jumped onto a jet and flown away from God as fast as possible. I’ve definitely had times in my life when my sense of failure has made it feel like God is far, far away.
It’s in times like these that his promises to us become so important. Look at Psalm 139 - David writes:
‘Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.’
One of the things I love about this passage is that it pinpoints how impossible it is to escape God’s love. Everywhere David could go - everywhere we go - God has already been there before. It’s as if the plane we thought was taking us away from God touches down, and he’s waiting for us at arrivals - with a sign saying ‘WELCOME HOME’.
The truth is this: God is so close to you. He has promised that nothing - nothing! - will be able to separate us from his love.
My grandparents’ love for me never changed, no matter how far away I was.
No one would imagine that just because I can’t see my family every day that they suddenly don’t love me. In the same way, it’s important that we don’t let our feelings of separation from God dictate our beliefs about him. My grandparents and I are separated by distance - but when it comes to God’s love, he promises that nothing as insignificant as space or time can keep us away from him.
So, when we’re feeling far from God, maybe even cut off from his love - let’s hang on to his promises to us. Let’s choose to believe that what he says is true: that nothing, no fear, no shame, no sin, no power, nothing in all creation can separate us from his love. There is nothing you could possibly do to change that.
How incredible! I think this is the truth and the promise that gives me the most joy. So - whether you are feeling very loved and totally close to your Father in heaven, or if you are feeling distant and far away from him - let’s grab this promise with both hands, declare it, celebrate it - and let the joy fill us up.
Isabel is an English Lit student in her final year at Durham University. She lived in California before moving to London when she was twelve. Her whole life is one big karaoke.