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"Can God be Fenced Out?"

August 31, 2003

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Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Romans 8:35

Many things separate us from God's love. Nothing can separate the love of God from us. A puppy can be fenced in with a bit of chicken wire a foot or two high. From his viewpoint the "wall" is insurmountable. His master, without effort, steps over the fence to bring food, water, and release. Who is separated from whom?

Saint Paul lists a number of walls that look monstrous to humankind -- persecution, famine, want, danger, death itself. What walls they are! The hand of God must surely be restrained by them! Then with an easy stride God steps over them into the midst of humanity's need and helps and assures of His continuous presence. If we still doubt, He leads us to Calvary, where His Son hangs on the cross to take away the sin of the world. Faith assures us of His daily power to save from bodily danger and the power of sin. "I am with you always" (Matthew 28:20), says Jesus, to heal and to save.

God never leaves us, but we can leave God. On a church sign appeared the words: "If God seems farther away today than yesterday, WE have moved."

God will never leave us. He will not be fenced out. He tells us, "I will never leave you."

PRAYER: Lord, if we forget You, don't forget us. And if we leave You, don't leave us. We pray in Christ the Savior's name. Amen.

(Taken from "Words of Promise," copyright 1996 (out of print), Concordia Publishing House. For information on other devotional materials, call 1-800-325-3040.)

Today's Bible Readings: 2 Chronicles 15-16    2 Corinthians 5

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