For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Paul certainly had a “close encounter” with God. It is clear he was chosen to spread God’s gospel to the world, specifically the Gentiles in his time. This confidence and this assurance of God’s love for us became part of the fiber of Paul’s being. I do long for close encounters with God. But one reason we have God’s Word is to remind us of all of man’s interactions with God. We learn and gain assurance from man’s history with God, not just our own personal experience.
Father God, I know you live in me. I am sorry for the times I question, and lack assurance. Thank you for leaving us your Holy Word, so that we can be taught and reassured through the experiences of other pilgrims, in other times. Amen