Do you ever feel like your life is you against the world?
You vs. The little people in your house whose behavior threatens to sabotage your sanity.
You vs. The co-worker who undermines your work at every step.
You vs. The slow driver in front of you when you’re already running late.
You vs. The fallenness of our world manifested in sin, illness, and death.
Who or what is your nemesis this week? Take a minute and fill in the blank. This week, it feels like you vs. _____________________.
Then draw your hope and courage from Romans 8:31: What then can we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
In this verse, Paul proclaims that God is for us as a response to the truth he’s just finished talking about in previous verses. He’s told us that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. That God works all things for the good of those who are called according to His purpose. That God foreknew us, predestined us, called us, justified us, and glorified us by His grace. (See Romans 8:1-30.)
If all this is true (and so much more!), there’s other conclusion to draw other than this: God is for us. And if God, the sovereign and powerful Creator and Sustainer, is for us, then who can be against us?
The answer is no one. People and circumstances come against us and appear to win sometimes, but the truth is that no one can successfully come against those who are in Christ. God takes what others mean for evil and use it for good in our lives, to sanctify us, refine us, and conform us to the image of His Son. (See Genesis 50:20 and Romans 8:29.) As Paul goes on to answer his own question, he shouts from the rooftops that nothing can separate us from God’s love in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:38-39). Your children’s misbehavior, your co-worker’s schemes, that driver in front of you, this fallen world—whatever your nemesis is this week—none of these can successfully thwart the Lord’s plans for you.
No matter what you face this week, God is for you.Share
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