From a Hole

October 29, 2009 by  
Filed under Daily Devotions, Life Topics

By Cheri Cowell

Have you ever fallen in a hole? Recently my local news shared the story of a woman who, while out walking her dog, fell into a ten-foot deep, two-foot wide cylinder-shaped hole. It took several hours for the rescuers to safely extract her from her earthen prison.

There have been many times I’ve fallen into a hole. Oh, not a real hole, but a hole nonetheless. These are the dark times in my life; times when I’ve felt alone, persecuted, misunderstood, even abandoned by God. There is no way God can reach me here, I say, knowing that it’s not true.

God has good news for us in Romans. It is not about us being worthy enough, good enough, or clean enough, although He wants us to do and be all these things. It is not about us following all of God’s laws, even though He wants us to do that, too. The good news is God has provided us with the help we need to do, be, and have all of these things by the power of the Holy Spirit. Because of this ever-present help, we will never be separated from His great love. Nothing can separate you from God’s love, not even being in a hole.

PRAYER: Great God, thank You for being with me in the darkest places. Help me to know the power of Your love.

“For 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 creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord,” Romans 8:38-39 KJV.

Today’s devotion is written by Cheri Cowell, a student at Asbury Theological Seminary (Orlando). Cheri writes and speaks on the deep questions of faith. Her first book Direction: Discernment for the Decisions of Your Life (Beacon Hill) is called a biblically sound, no nonsense approach to making God-centered life choices. For comments or to inquire about her speaking schedule, visit

About Cheri Cowell

Cheri Cowell is the author of the new Bible study, Parables and Word Pictures of the New Testament: Following God series

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