July 31, 2017

Romans 8:39 I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us. (The Message Bible)

Back in 1958 there was a movie called The Defiant Ones starring Sidney Poitier and Tony Curtis. Apparently there was a remake miniseries with Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre by I know nothing about that. In the original the two stars who were escaped convicts were trying to hop a freight train. One was in the box car and the other was running along beside. Their hands were clutching each other’s wrists, one black and one white, trying to get both into the train. I was pretty young when they used this scene to promote the film to be seen on TV, but I remembered it. If God is in the boxcar and I am alongside, do I need to reach and hold on to him? What if I am not able? Is it a 50/50 proposition where we must hold each other? Again, what if I can’t? Or is it God that reaches down and grabs me whether I can hold on or not? If so, then I am safe. Paul knew he was safe and that is why he wrote Romans 8:39. This week think about you and God: who is holding whom?

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