“He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:32, ESV)
Romans chapter 8 begins with the wonderful declaration that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. The chapter goes on to affirm that if we are led by the Spirit of God we are sons (and daughters) of God. And if children, then heirs! Such truth moves us to rejoicing. Yet our rejoicing is tempered by the fact that while we remain in this life we experience opposition, tribulation, distress and even persecution, famine or death as we follow after Jesus. Still our rejoicing is not set aside, for in the face of those things, God is for us. Apart from God, we cannot face adversity. But if he is for us, we have sufficient provision in every sorrow and every storm.
But how can we be certain of this? Many people, even those who are in Christian circles, measure the nearness and favor of God in terms of life’s circumstances; If God is for me, life will be good. If I face hardship God’s favor must not be mine.
This is not, however, the measure that the bible uses. How do we know that God is for us? Look to the cross and ask yourself, “What has God given for me, even while I was a rebellious sinner?” He has given his Son. “Is there anything more precious, more costly or valuable than God’s own Son?” Certainly not; there is nothing and no one more valuable or needful that God could supply to make provision for our good. And if God has given to you the most valuable gift would he withhold from you anything else that you need?
The next time you are tempted to believe that God has withheld from you some goodness, consider this text. The next time you feel that you have been left alone in your fight against the world and the enemy of your soul, remember this text. God is for you. He has given you His own Son and every provision needed in this life. To God be the glory!
No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the pow’r of Christ in me;
From life’s first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No pow’rs of hell, no schemes of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home,
Here in the pow’r of Christ I’ll stand!