WHEN HARDSHIPS COME

Psalm 138

I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39

Martin Luther composed the hymn, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God,” with the idea of providing comfort to people in deep distress. He based his hymn on Psalm 46 because of its convicting message of hope and trust in God’s unfailing ability.

Persecution of certain Christians was increasing, especially as some questioned the tenets of the Catholic Church in Germany during the 1500s. The suffering believers knew that Jesus was their Savior, but sought assurance and confidence as they faced growing hardships.

“The Spirit and the gifts are ours, through Him who with us sideth,” Luther wrote. “Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also; the body they may kill. God’s truth abideth still; His kingdom is forever.”

The Lord is your sure defense against every assault of doubt, fear, pain, loss, and rejection. When you belong to Jesus, you are protected in every way. Though hardship comes, nothing can change His love for you. Nothing can alter the plans He has laid out for you since the beginning of time.

Lord, help me realize that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come will separate me from Your love.

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