If God is for us, who can be against us? — Romans 8: 31
God is with those who heed His will and rely upon Him.
God is for us
Through the question he asks in our Bible text, Apostle Paul makes it clear that the very foundation of salvation is the fact that God is with us. God, the Creator and Father of Jesus Christ, has given His only begotten Son for us as a sign of His love (John 3: 16; Romans 8: 32). Who could separate us from this love of God? The answer of the Apostle is clear: nothing and no one (Romans 8: 38–39).
How is God for us?
Many accounts in Scripture demonstrate that God is with those who live in accordance with His will. He helps them to overcome difficulties and ultimately blesses them.
God is with those who …
… seek peace
God is with those who seek peace and who are prepared to forego their own rights for the sake of peace, as Abraham did. He allowed Lot to settle on better land and said, “Please let there be no strife between you and me” (Genesis 13: 8).
… set priorities
Jacob assigned greater value to the blessing than to the satisfaction of physical needs. God is with those who prefer spiritual gifts to material gifts. He is with those who seek His kingdom and His righteousness above all other things (Matthew 6: 33).
… trust in Him
Joshua and Caleb trusted in the divine promise. Nothing and no one was able to prevent them from entering into Canaan (Numbers 4: 6–9).
… are humble
In the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector, Jesus showed that God is on the side of those who are humble. The tax collector was justified in the eyes of God—not the Pharisee (Luke 18: 14).
Heeding the will of God
The examples listed demonstrate that God is with those who heed His will. We do this by modelling our lives on the gospel.
- The Lord promised that the gates of hell would not prevail against His church, and that He would be with His Apostles always (Matthew 16:18; 28: 20). Let us remain in the congregation and let us follow the Apostles. Then we too will have the certainty that God is with us.
- Let us subject ourselves to the will of God, even when we do not understand His will or when we do not understand it immediately. If we nevertheless continue to love God, we will experience that “all things serve for good” (Romans 8: 28).
- Let us serve our neighbour without any prejudice or arrogance. Even if our abilities should be weak or limited, the Lord will support our honest efforts for the wellbeing of our neighbour.
God will be on the side of those who live the gospel in this manner, and will bless them.
* Thoughts from the Chief Apostle adapted for the divine service held on Sunday, 12 July 2015 at Midrand Congregation.