It would seem the Apostle Paul wouldn’t have to say anything except, “Nothing can separate us from the love of God.” Yet, he lists several things to amplify his point. Among them are height and depth. Every word of Scripture is important and none is included by accident. How do these two words deepen our understanding?
Many possibilities come to mind. Consider the following thoughts as representative and see where your own thoughts take you as you meditate on God’s Word. We could easily say there is no mountain height or ocean depth to which we could go that would escape God’s love. That’s true. How about the height of my ego? Here, I think about Lee Stroebel. He set about to “prove” Christianity to be false and in the process came to experience the forgiving love of Christ. His book, The Case for Christ, is a Christian classic. He tells his own story and shares his journey to faith. He still has an active speaking and writing ministry. How about the depth of depravity? A famous example is John Newton and there are certainly others. He sunk to the lowest depths of slave trading and debauchery and God’s love reached out to him, right where he was, and he came to faith in Christ. We are indebted to him and his experience for the hymn we love so well, Amazing Grace. He knew the depth to which a person could sink and he knew how amazing it is that God’s love and grace can meet one there. The height or depth of my ignorance, self-centeredness, stubbornness, or pride cannot keep God from loving me. Those things don’t keep Him from loving you. Be blessed in that knowledge today and rest in His love. He has plans for you, and those plans are based on His love. They are not meant to harm you, but to bless you.
Soli Deo Gloria!