“Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture.” (Romans 8:35 – The Message Bible)
As I read the verse, that one item spoke the loudest to me. Backstabbing seems to bother more me than other attacks for a number of reasons. The most obvious reason is that I can’t see it coming so I am unprepared. I am also troubled by backstabbing because like the dagger – comes from people that are close to you … people that you have trusted.
When my wife’s sister contracted cancer, my heart went out to that family. But when it was MY wife who found the lump — well needless to say it impacted me far more. Why? It was closer! “Backstabbing” — is a great translation for that word out of its original Greek form. The word used here described a dagger that is used in close combat to kill – or even that which would be used by a butcher to slaughter animals.
But as the title indicates, there’s good news. A few verses later we see these words:
“I’m absolutely convinced that nothing-nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable-absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.”
I know things may seem like they are over or certainly bad as they can be, and I don’t doubt that they are. But that weapon, that dagger, has NOT separated you from God’s love. The words “get between” simply mean to “separate, or create room between two things” Better still the word can mean “to sever.” The root word was used in bible times to describe the large expanse that one would use to farm or graze cattle. In other words no dagger can cause a spread between you and the love of God. The bible says that “no weapon that can hurt you has ever been forged”
The passage from Romans also says: “So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose?” And I love this sentence as well – it reads, “Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way!” The good news that no “dagger,” as close to home or as threatening as it may be, is going to drive God from you! He loves you, understands pain and agony, and will pour out His limitless love to help you through your circumstances.