December 6.  GOD IS FOR YOU

“If God is for us who can be against us?  If 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

Wow!  Do you hear the promise?  Now, you may be thinking, I don’t hear a promise; all I see are questions.  But, look again.  “If God is for us, who can be against us?”  This should not read like an actual question, but rather an argument from the greater to the lesser. (Paul taught in a similar way in chapter 5 of Romans.)  Here, the greater is the supreme gift of His Son Jesus Christ.  If God gave Him, how will He not give us all things in support of the greater thing?  This argumentative style of teaching strikes a clear and invaluable note of encouragement: If God has given you His Son, then God is for you in every way; He is not against you. 

But sometimes we just do not feel good enough to be accepted by God, or by others for that matter.  There are times we feel so small in comparison to the enormity of our life challenges.  Can you imagine someone starring at retirement or the death of a souse without hope in God?  Can you imagine someone facing a deadly addiction without God?  Can you imagine how the mistreatment from others can cause someone to feel unworthy and unwanted?  And, can you imagine facing this without God?

One of the greatest and most reassuring facts this present culture can hear today is this:  God is for you; you can trust Him.  This encouraging message comes from the well-known “more than conquers” passage from Paul (Romans 8:28-39).  There are so many incredible promises in these verses:  God will work all things for your good, God takes the lead role in growing your spiritually, God nor His love can be separated from those who truly follow Him, and God has made you more than a conquer.  Wow!  God gives us these promises; and they are all built on one foundational truth: He did not spare his own Son, but gave Him for us, and will give us all things (like the things listed from Romans 8). 

So, this is God!  He is for you. And Jesus proves this.  Why not trust God with every part of your life, and cease living in fear, anxiety, or bitterness and anger?  Let God have it. He is for you.     

This is God.  This is Christmas.

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