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.
There is a lot to be said for confidence. Few sensations in the world are as satisfying as confidence. To know that we are going to succeed in some endeavor—to do well on a test, to make a great play in a game, to make a sale, etc.—is truly a great feeling. It is true that some of us trend more toward confidence than others, of course. Yet we all have at some time or another in life felt certain in an ability to do something, or at least in knowledge of a result. Paul had great confidence in the promises of God through Jesus Christ. His convictions were centered in the death, burial, and resurrection of the Son of God. Because of his great belief and faith, Paul had no trouble with confidence. Whatever he had been before he met Christ, and whatever he had said and done then, the apostle knew that in Christ he had everything he needed. Nothing could separate him from the love of God through Jesus Christ. And nothing can separate us from the promises and love of God through Jesus Christ, either. “Neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come . . .”