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This is one of the most meaningful sections of the Bible to any of us who have sometimes wondered about God's presence in our lives. At times, it is easy to wonder if God is near. At times, it is easy to fixate on the surrounding darkness and forget about the power of the light. At times, hope seems to slip through fingers like sand on the beach.
But Paul puts forward here a powerful reminder of the love and power of God. Indeed, if God is on our side, who can meaningfully oppose us? Can any force in the universe oppose the God who made the universe? Can death, which failed to hold Christ Jesus, pretend to defeat God?
And this God is the God who gave himself up for us, who died on the cross so that we might have forgiveness. This God has promised to never let us go, to never abandon or forsake us. This God will be with us forever, and his presence and power should bring us peace, that we may live with confidence, trusting that the power of God is fully on our side.