FOREVER TRIUMPHANT, Day 5, Lenten Devotional
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:37-37
But what kind of victory is it that we have in Christ? Some people who think that they are winners—say, because they have money, or political influence, or great physical strength—actually live defeated lives in terms of relationships or in terms of their priorities being out of balance. The victory that we have in Christ has to do with our relationship to Him, and how that primary relationship brings everything into balance.
FJ Huegel: It is not victory now with clenched fists and set jaw. It is victory swallowed up in praise. It is victory in the midst of ten thousand hallelujahs. It is victory surcharged with holy laughter. It is victory so assured and so complete and so final that all sense of uncertainty in the midst of the storm is lost. It is as when the tide comes in and sweeps everything before it. It is as when the sun rises dispelling the night and filling every nook and corner with golden shafts of sunlight. When Lazarus arose at the call of his Master, the command was to set him free from every trace of the grave and its clothes. The Savior would have his movements be free and easy and unhampered. It was resurrection—plus. Ours, says Paul, is victory—plus. Ah, but what a “plus” does the apostle present!
Prayer: Dear God,
For me an eternal relationship with you is “Victory Plus.” The assurance that nothing will ever separate me from you is all the victory I will ever need. For if I am with you, then everything else will come allright. This I believe because of the witness and life of Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.