Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall those who cause us tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or who come at us with a sword? … In all these situations we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. Romans 8:35, 37
The Lord does not comfort us by keeping us out of the battles of life. He comforts us by turning these battles into benefits. He makes stepping stones out of what could be stumbling blocks. Not only can nothing separate us from Christ’s love, but through him we defeat our enemies and turn them into servants for our good — which is what it means to be “more” than a conqueror. For the battle is not against people or events, but against unbelief. In one sense we cannot “defeat” famine or distress or nakedness; but by the grace of God, we can turn these situations into opportunities to reaffirm how satisfying God is to us as we experience him in our fellowship with Jesus; and we can strengthen our longing to be found in Christ, righteous and ready to meet the Lord when he returns. When we experience the comfort this knowledge gives us in the midst of our struggles, we gain a clearer vision of the nature of the battle and an increased willingness to press on.
O Lord, because of the great love you have for me, comfort my heart with these words, so I will trust all your promises in the most difficult times, faithful to the end. Amen.