Scripture Reading: Romans 8:31-39
“What shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)
Paul had just completed describing how extensive, complete and eternal our salvation is (vs. 29,30). In eternity past, God foreknew us and predestined us to be conformed to the image of His Son. He called us to be His own, justified us and made the promise that we will be glorified when Christ returns to earth again. Paul was overwhelmed; he was almost speechless — “What shall we say to these things?”What follows is a series of questions concerning our salvation. The first question is — “If God is for us, who can be against us?” We must realize that we face some formidable forces which oppose us. Therefore, we must be on guard. While this is true, we must also realize that our God is more powerful than all our enemies. David understood this — “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh, my adversaries and foes, it is they who will stumble and fall. Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear, though war arises against me, yet will I be confident…For He will hide me in His shelter in the day of trouble; He will conceal me under the cover of His tent; He will lift me high upon a rock” (Psalm 27;1-3,5).
The point is that no adversary is of any consequence when compared to our God. This powerful God is FOR ME! And if God is for me, no one and nothing can be against me in the sense of separating me from Him. “If God is for us, who can be against us?”
All powerful, all wise God, I know that You are for me. I have nothing to fear. You will protect me, defend me and deliver me from my enemies. You are my stronghold and I trust You with my life. I know that none of my adversaries can ultimately defeat me because You are FOR ME!
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