WHAT IS NOTHING? Andy Hollifield 9-6-18
Romans 8:38-39 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels,nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, (39) Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
If I didn’t say anything else, that scripture should be an encouraging thought. Just knowing that we are inseparable from God’s love. God’s love will forever be joined to us and mankind has become synonymous with the term “God’s love.” When you say “mankind” or “the world” you automatically think of “God’s love.” Although nothing can separate us from God’s love, we can be separated from loving God as we should. The phrase “the love of God” only appears in the bible 12 times even though that is what the whole bible is about. The word “nothing” is used 225 times throughout scripture. The word “nothing” is defined as “no thing, not anything, no part, share, or trace. Something that is non-existent. If it is nothing, then it can’t be “something” that is non-existent. Something or someone of no importance or significance. A trivial matter, action, circumstance, thing, or remark. A person of little or no importance. Something without quantity or magnitude.” There are twelve definitions on Dictionary.com. It sure takes a lot of effort and words to define “nothing.”
Nothing can separate us from enjoying and appreciating God’s love. There are a lot of things that we let hinder us in our worship and service to the Lord that really are nothing. They don’t amount to anything at all especially compared to God’s love. His love is a gift and we have to receive it. If we don’t accept it, God may still love us but he can’t bestow it on us. We like to think of the things that hinder us from God as material things like houses, land, cars, money, boats, and campers just to name a few. We can also let activities such as sports, music, and idleness; which really isn’t an activity, separate us from God’s love.
Our attitude, even though it amounts to nothing, can and does quite often separate us from God’s love. Pride and arrogance can separate us from the benefit of God’s love. At the same time, humbleness and self-abasement can also separate us from God’s love. Greed can separate us from God’s love as can wealth and poverty. Ambition can separate us from the love of God and discouragement can too. Think about each of these for a minute. Each of the things I have mentioned that can separate us from the love of God, are all actions of our own mind. They are things that we allow. God never loves us any less but we sometimes hinder him from being able to demonstrate his love. I am sure that almost all of us have had the experience of trying our best to give someone our heart and show our feelings only to be rejected. God is constantly going through that with us. Each day he gives us our next breath and we never stop to consider what happens if he don’t give us the one after that. He gives sunrises and sunsets and we fail to appreciate his artwork except when we are on vacation even though each new day starts and ends with one. No two are alike and that is what makes them special. God loves us enough to give us rain and snow to quench the parched ground that we might be able to grow food and survive. What do we do? We complain. As a matter of fact we complain before there is even anything to complain about.
As you can see, there are a lot of things that amount to “nothing” that we let separate us from God’s love. Simply put; we make it hard at times for God to love us. I have found out that if we put as much effort into praising and thanking the Lord for his wonderful gifts, as we do complaining, we would likely find that we have far less to complain about. Paul said it like this in Romans 8:18 “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” Life is full of ups and downs, heartache and joy, failure and success. It is all a part of living and the only way to get around it is dying. When compared with the glory; all of these things are “nothing” and we shouldn’t allow them to hinder us from enjoying the benefits of being a child of God. So what is the little “nothing” thing that is hindering your spiritual walk with the Lord? Oh, you don’t need to tell me, just talk to God about it if it’s hindering you. You will enjoy God’s love a lot more when you don’t let “nothing” separate you from it. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!