From Pastor’s Desk: 6-28-15
Romans 8:38-39 (NIV) For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Lest there is the concept that this secures us against all evil approaches by our adversary, the devil, be careful. God’s love is always there, but that doesn’t mean that we are. Remember the prodigal son’s plight in the pigpen (Luke 15). He chose to take himself away from his father and wound up destitute, hitting “rock bottom” before he came to his senses.
Did the father quit loving him? Of course not, he was his son. But could he care for him? No, he was out of reach, out from under Father’s care. Just because the father still loved him no matter what he did, or where he went, did not mean that had the boy died when he was in the pigpen he would still have been in the pigpen, away from his father, where he wound up due to bad choices. His inheritance had been squandered, all used up. It wasn’t until he came to his senses and went back to his father that he was restored to his rightful place as a son. Always a son, but during the time of his dilemma he was a lost son. Had something fatal happened he would have been just that; a lost son.