God is For Us; September 12, 2018

Romans 8:31 What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?

Actually, the first part of this verse seems like an appropriate response to the whole chapter. There is so much marvelous truth contained here that it can rob us of words. Most things that seem “too good to be true” really are; there is a lie or deception or at least misunderstanding in there somewhere. However, God’s love and grace are infinite. It is very true that in our humanity there is plenty of room for misunderstanding God’s love and grace, but to the degree that we turn to Him in humility and gratitude, He will open our hearts to understand Him more and more. When we consider this verse we need to understand that the devil really is against us, and he will do all he can to steal, kill, and destroy what God has for us. However, he has nowhere near the power that God does, by very definition. God’s infinite and he’s not! At the same time, God doesn’t “spoil us rotten,” but as the perfect Parent guides us to grow in every area so that we will be more and more like His Son, our Savior. We do need to realize that “on our side” doesn’t mean He agrees with us in every argument we might have with someone. As any parent of multiple children knows well, we can know that one child is correct and another out of place while still loving and desiring the best for both children equally. The expression in this verse could be rephrased as, “God desires the best for me.” When we really get that through our heads and hearts, anxiety is a thing of the past.

I think I’m further along the road to grasping this than many I deal with, but that doesn’t mean I’m there yet. I get anxious too! As I write this, a very major hurricane is approaching the US East Coast, not only with high winds but also with anticipated flooding considerably inland. I’m grateful not to be there myself, but many people I care about deeply are right in the bull’s eye, so to speak. I am to pray that God’s purposes in allowing this will be fulfilled for each individual, both those I know and those I don’t, drawing each of them to repentance as they need it and full commitment to Jesus as Lord. We live in an extremely materialistic age, and events like this are reminders that things are just things, and we can’t take them with us anyway. I am to remember that God’s perfect will for each individual fits in perfectly with His will for each other individual. The biggest supercomputer in the world couldn’t keep track of all that, but God can and does. I am to pray that His kingdom come and His will be done in every detail, for His glory. That will certainly be the best thing for everyone involved!

Father, thank You for this reminder. Thank You for all that You are doing in and around us right here. Help me indeed not be anxious about anything, but release it all to You with praise and gratitude whether it feels good at the moment or not, for Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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