Romans 8:31 – What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
It is astounding to realize that God’s plan of salvation for people is a program that reaches from eternity past to eternity future which God will carry out perfectly. Recognizing this, Paul asked and answered seven questions to drive home the truth that a believer’s eternal salvation is completely secure in God’s hands. The first is, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” Obviously, Satan and his demonic hosts are against believers, but they cannot ultimately prevail and triumph over believers. God is the self-existent One and the sovereign Creator and, since He is for believers, no one can oppose believers successfully. In light of the fact that there’s no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, in light of the fact that everything is working out for our good because of Christ, in light of the fact that we are already glorified from God’s perspective, Paul finds himself speechless. Have you ever felt that way? The Lord touches you and ministers to you, gives you a verse in your devotional time, or impresses you with a truth as you’re driving in your car, or looking at your grandchildren or wife—and you just become overwhelmed at the goodness and mercy of God. I believe praise often reaches its highest point when we’re speechless and blown away by His mercy and grace.
How easy it is for you to become defeated in the world you live in. No matter how hard you try and no matter how much effort you put in, sometimes you just do not achieve the results you are looking for. When this happens you can quickly think God must be against you. However, this verse is a perfect reminder of the fact that God is for you. He is on your side. That is, as long as you are on His side. As long as you are not moving in a direction contrary to God. I challenge you this week to work with God to accomplish His will for you and to place all your trust in His abilities. Remember how young David went up against mighty Goliath and had no fear whatsoever. In fact, David was so confident that God would bring him victory over his enemies that he went into battle without any ARMOR! David offered the only things he had up to God, faith in the Lord and a willingness to fight. This week as trials come, have faith in the Lord and be willing to go where He leads you to go. May God bless you abundantly.