“If God is for us who can be against us? …Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution…? [Nothing] will be able to separate us from the love of God.”

Romans 8:31b, 35, 39b

“I was walking in the earliest morning hours when the stars are still out, talking to the Lord as I was facing the beginning of 20-year prison sentence. The words of this Romans passage came to mind as well as the words of Hebrews 13:5: ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’ Though others have abandoned me and rejected me even far back into my childhood, God has always been and always will be there with me.”

The person who contributed these thoughts has known the anguish that life can bring. Perhaps you relate to the demoralizing effects of being rejected, feeling abandoned, or sensing you’ve been cut off from a whole world of people whose lives seem carefree by comparison. If you’re pondering these things from inside the walls of a prison, you may especially be grasping for real hope and unconditional love.

The Lord is near. His words are preserved forever for you in the Bible. Even the stars proclaim His handiwork so that you are reminded you are not alone. His love reaches to you wherever you are.




Scripture Focus

Romans 8:28-39

Insight

Please pray for Paul, 45, who has served four years of a 20-year sentence, as he finds his worth and acceptance from Jesus alone.

Bible In A Year

  • Exodus 39-40
  • Psalm 45
  • Luke 9