When the Bad Guy Seems to Win: Sure Hope in God’s Love
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. Romans 8:38
Does the good guy always win in the end?
A mother turned to her child during the scary part of a movie and asked, “Are you frightened?” “No,” the little girl replied. “The good guy always wins in the end.” As adults, we’re often jaded by the reality of a world where it seems the good guys lose, the rich get richer, and the poor struggle more than ever.
But Jesus told his followers that they would have to become like little children if they were to enter His kingdom (Matthew 18:1-5). Part of that “becoming like a child” is embracing God’s promises with simple, tenacious belief in Him.
In the Bible book of Romans, we’re told, “If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own?” And then, this question: “Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?” (Romans 8:31b-33a, 35)
Finally, here comes the answer! “No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love” (verses 37 and 38).
When it seems like the bad guy is winning, ask God to convince you of His love. It’s a request He loves to fulfill.