Five of my friends have recently experienced scary medical reports or the loss of loved ones. While I’ve never heard anyone say, “This devastation arrived at just the right time,” losses at Christmas seem to be especially tough. Pondering a verse I wrote about last Christmas heartened me. I hope these thoughts encourage you in whatever circumstance you find yourself.
If God is for us, who can be against us?
~ Romans 8:31-32 (NIV)
In what area of your life have you felt overwhelmed, defeated, or alone? Where have you felt lacking?
God understands. That’s why He sent Jesus. Christmas megaphones God’s love to us. It says, “God is for you. He is with you. He supplies all you need—no matter what!”
Romans 8:31-32 doesn’t mean people and problems won’t oppose us. It means that since God is for us nothing can squash His good will for us. Faith in this promise creates a powerful buffer against life’s inevitable challenges.
When our son was very young a painful rejection crushed him. I took the matter to God, and He brought these words to mind: If God is for us, who can be against us?
God didn’t tell me why He was allowing this blow. But He assured me that He was for Brant.
When Brant asked why this was happening, I told him I didn’t know. But I did know God was for him and had allowed this for his good. Every time my maternal heart ached for my son, I reminded myself God is for Brant.
Decades have past, and I still don’t know why Brant had to suffer that circumstance. I can’t say I’ve seen the benefit. But I believe God wouldn’t have allowed it if it weren’t important for Brant’s good.
A story in the book of Numbers perfectly illustrates how God thwarts what comes against us. A king commissioned the prophet Balaam to curse Israel. But every time the prophet opened his mouth blessings instead of curses flowed on God’s people.
“If God is for us, who can be against us?” means we, like Old Testament Joseph, can say to whomever or whatever comes against us, “You intend to harm me, but God intends it for good” (See Genesis 50:20 NIV).
How do we know God is for us? Read the next verse.
“He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all—how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?”
~ Romans 8:31-32 NIV
God has already given us His most precious gift. In the gift of Jesus He has supplied everything we need.
What part of your life would be transformed by remembering God’s gift this Christmas? My friend, please remember—in whatever you face—God is for you.
Larry and I send our love to you this Christmas and always.
Question: How would you complete this phrase: Since God is for me I _________?
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Debbie W. Wilson
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