GOD IS FOR US
IT IS GOOD to know that God
is real, that we are created in His image, that He is our Heavenly Father,
and that He has our well-being in mind. It is likewise good to know that
such a Supreme Being is not our adversary. (A lesser being, Satan, is this,
for that is what his name means). Whether we even know it, acknowledge
it, or like it or not, God loves us. It is only in rebelling, sinning,
and pitting ourselves against Him that we become aliens and enemies of
Heaven. Then we find the way of a transgressor is hard. As the Lord said
to Saul of Tarsus, "It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks." Adam
and Eve experienced this, and all have sinned and come short of the glory
of God. But God still loves us, has our well-being in mind, and would like
for us to get our lives turned around.
That is what the gospel of Christ is all about. Even in the Old Testament
period God said, "As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in
the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live:
turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?"
(Ezekiel 33:11). Now with the coming of Christ, we read, "For God so loved
the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth
in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his
Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him
might be saved" (John 3:16,17). Read Romans 5:6-10. Then the writer of
Hebrews declares, "Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost
that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for
them" (Hebrews 7:25). Contemplating all of these great truths, and the
sovereignty of God, Paul intently questions in Romans 8:31, "What shall
we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?"
The rest of this eighth chapter of Romans is wonderful reading.
The bottom line to all of this is that God is "for us," not against us.
Sinner, recognize this great truth, and may the goodness of God lead you
to repentance (Romans 2:4). Christian, daily live out these great truths
in your life, realizing that "He careth for you" (I Peter 5:7).
Yes, "If God be for us who can be against us?"