AUGUST 25

If God be For Us

Bible Reading: Romans 8

Romans 8:31, “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”

“Were not the right man on our side, our striving would be losing!” – A Mighty Fortress is Our God

In the movie “My Bodyguard,” the main character is intimidated and harassed by an obnoxious bully.  Being small in stature, and not able to defend himself, he employs the biggest, much-feared dude in school to be his bodyguard.  With the bodyguard on his side, he no longer had any reason to fear.  The believer in Christ likewise does not need to fear, someone far greater than a bodyguard watches over us!

The beginning of our verse looks back to that which precedes.  “What shall we say to these things?”  The third person of the Trinity, the person of the Holy Spirit, indwells you and intercedes on your behalf.  Even if there was no one else to pray for you and you did not know what to pray, the Spirit of God is ever interceding and praying according to the will and purpose of God!  “What shall we say to these things?”  Though you confront obstacles and trials and troubles and personal failures and opposition and a myriad of challenges, God, who can bring good out of bad, is well able to cause all things to work together for good in your life.  “What shall we say to these things?”  The God who has called you and has justified you, will also glorify you.  He who “began a good work in you will bring it to completion” (Philippians 1:6).

Take courage in your struggle!  The omnipotent creator of all things is for you!  Our all-wise God, who works all things according to the counsel of His will, has ordained your triumph in Christ.  The God who did not spare His own Son, but freely offered Him up, in love, will never give up on you.  “What have you to fear, what have you to dread, leaning on the everlasting arms?”

It is as Charles Spurgeon has so eloquently described: “God is for us. But, O my brethren, though this brings in the context, it is impossible for any human speech to bring out the depth of the meaning of how God is for us. He was for us before the worlds were made: he was for us, or else he never would have given his Son; he was for us even when he smote the only-begotten, and laid the full weight of his wrath upon him—he was for us, though he was against him; he was for us when we were ruined in the fall—he loved us notwithstanding all; he was for us when we were against him, and with a high hand were bidding him defiance: he was for us, or else he never would have brought us humbly to seek his face. He has been for us in many struggles; we have had to fight through multitudes of difficulties; we have had temptations from without and within—how could we have held on until now if he had not been with us? He is for us, let me say, with all the infinity of his heart, with all the omnipotence of his love; for us with all his boundless wisdom; arrayed in all the attributes which make him God he is for us—eternally and immutably for us; for us when the blue skies shall be rolled up like a worn out vesture; for us throughout eternity. Here, child of God, is matter enough for thought, even though you had ages to meditate upon it: God is for you; and if God be for you, who can be against you?”

HAVE FAITH IN GOD

Have faith in God,
When your pathway is lonely
He sees and knows all
The way you have trod
Never alone
Are the least of His children
Have faith in God
Have faith in God

Chorus: Have faith in God
He’s on His throne
Have faith in God
He watches o’er His own
He cannot fail He must prevail
Have faith in God
Have faith in God

Have faith in God
When your pray’rs are unanswered
Your earnest plea
He will never forget
Wait on the Lord
Trust His word and be patient
Have faith in God
He’ll answer yet [Chorus]

Have faith in God
In your pain and your sorrow
His heart is touched
With your grief and despair
Cast all your cares
And your burdens upon Him
And leave them there
Oh leave them there [Chorus]

Have faith in God
Tho’ all else fail about you
Have faith in God
He provides for His own
He cannot fail tho’
All kingdoms shall perish
He rules He reigns
Upon His throne [Chorus]

Author: looking2jesus13

Having served as pastor at Lewis and Clark Bible Church, in Astoria, Oregon, for almost three decades, my wife’s cancer diagnosis led to my retirement and subsequent move to Heppner to be near our two grandchildren. I divide my time between caring for Laura and working as a part time hospice chaplain and spending time with family and spoiling my chocolate lab.

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