Refresh: Begin with prayer. Ask for the Holy Spirit to open your heart to new understanding and for God’s character to be revealed.
Read: Romans 8:31-39 in the New International Version (NIV). Note 1–3 insights or questions.
Reflect: In fourth grade science class, we learned about solutions and mixtures. It was really one of those “ah-ha” moments for me, because at some point during the class something clicked in my brain. We talked about trail mix and how because you could pick out all the raisins if you wanted (because raisins are gross and don’t belong in trail mix) that made it a mixture. A solution, on the other hand, was something like what you would get if you made lemonade from the can—mixing the concentrate with water. Would you be able to get the condensed lemonade back out? Definitely not.
Now this might not seem like rocket science, but mixtures can be separated out and solutions cannot be. (I’m not scientist, and I’m sure there are some that can be separated by filtration or other methods, but for the sake of today’s Daily Walk, scientists, please take a seat.)
When I read the verse from this week’s Scripture, my mind immediately transported me back to my fourth grade classroom. “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” The answer is no one, nothing, nada. Why? Because the love of Christ in us is a solution. It is a part of our hearts, our minds, our souls, our very DNA. It is not something that can be picked out of us.
Now the big question is, do you live like a mixture? Or do you live like a solution? Do you understand that the love of Jesus is not going away during tribulation? During distress? Persecution? Famine? Nakedness? Danger? Death? Do you live like a solution by being able to proclaim the Words to Remember for this week? “That neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
People, circumstances, politics, sicknesses, nothing can separate you from the love of God through Jesus. Not one thing. You see, when you’re a mixture, you can add as many M&Ms to your trail mix as you like, but they can still be picked out. When you’re a solution, you are inseparable from what you are blended with. God’s love can’t just be scattered and mixed into your life, it has to be a solution that is in every corner and crevice of your existence.
Recalibrate: How do we move from living our lives like we’re mixtures to living like we’re solutions of God’s love?
Respond: Pray that you will be infused with God's love.
Research: Find out as much as you can about the difference between solutions and mixtures and see whether you can find additional principals to apply to your life.
Remember: “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39, ESV).
Jessyka Albert has been associate pastor at Boulder Adventist Church since 2016. She grew up in Washington State, graduated from Union College, and is engaged to Kiefer Dooley, Rocky Mountain Conference associate youth director. Jessyka is passionate about children’s, youth, and young adult ministry.
Stickers are so much fun to play with. Encourage your little one to use their fingers to peel off the sticker. Watch as your little one discovers that the stickers stick to their fingers or even your nose. Show your little one how to stick the stickers to paper. Know that Jesus' love for us will always stick; it cannot be peeled off or worn out. His love is everlasting.
Have you ever heard the phrase, “I’m going to stick like glue to you?” Watch this video. In Romans 8:35, Paul talks about how nothing can ever separate us from the love of Christ. Imagine that Jesus’ love for you is the best glue ever. Check out these glue gun crafts and with the supervision of an adult, try one.
The text talks to us about being more than conquerors through Him. How can someone be more than a conqueror? Perhaps because we’d be winning this battle with an eternal victory. Perhaps because we are constantly battling with sin, our human nature, to achieve this. This type of victory is not measured by human metrics. This type of victory is about defeating death, which is the ultimate consequence of sin in our lives, our mortality. So let’s strive to be more than conquerors.