“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31 NKJV)
It’s really an easy concept to wrap your head around: with the Creator of the universe — the all-supreme Ruler — on your side… who or what could really stand against you?
The big problem seems to come from that little tiny, 2-letter word: “If.”
Maybe it’s never happened to you, but I know what it feels like to really question whether God is really for me or not. The question isn’t really about God or His character. The question comes from whether or not I qualify to have God on my side.
From Sunday School in my childhood through countless sermons ever since, I’ve been given reason after reason to believe that I don’t. And being the analytical person that I am, I can spend hours (literally) rehearsing all of those reasons. Even when I think I’ve been on good behavior, all I need is time (and usually not very much) to come up with some reason that I’m disqualified from the favor of God.
Perhaps it sounds silly to admit this. And hopefully you don’t deal with this kind of thinking. Frankly, it doesn’t affect me very much when things are going well. But if there are challenges… if things don’t seem to be going my way… if I’m up against some obstacle that doesn’t seem to want to budge, this line of thinking rears its ugly head.
Ultimately, you have to settle this question. Is God for you or not?
Ironically, the very passage from which this Scripture is drawn contains some real solid answers. Reading the verses that precede this one, you find that as someone who is in Christ, you have been:
- foreknown by God
- predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son
- called by God
- justified by God
- glorified by God
The One who knew you beforehand… decided ahead of time… that as you enter into covenant with Him, He would begin conforming you to the image of His Son, Jesus. He called you. He justified you — or literally, “He declared [you] righteous.”
I once heard someone say that if today is Wednesday (and it is, as I write this to you), if God suddenly decided He wanted it to be Thursday and then said, “It’s Thursday,” then it would be Thursday! Just like that. All of our watches, calendars, computers, and systems would suddenly say “Thursday” instead of “Wednesday.”
You see… we don’t get to vote. The Blood of Jesus was shed on your behalf. By receiving Him (a choice we do get to make), you became a recipient of this declaration that God made: “You are Righteous.”
“Who shall lay a charge against the choice ones of God? God is He that is declaring righteous, who is he that is condemning? Christ is He that died, yea, rather also, was raised up; who is also on the right hand of God–who also doth intercede for us.” (Romans 8:33-34 YLT)
In other words… no one (not even you) has the authority to charge you with failing to qualify for God’s favor. Only God has that authority, and He is the one declaring you righteous! If someone were to lay a charge against you, it is over-ridden by the declaration of God! Jesus has the authority to condemn, but He is the one interceding (“going between”) on our behalf!
Don’t believe me yet? Here are some places to spend some more time studying this out: 2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 John 5:4-5, Ephesians 6:14, Revelation 12:11, Galatians 2:20, Philippians 3:9
The bottom line, my friend is this: because of Jesus, you qualify for the Favor of God today. He is for you. He said He would, “never leave you nor forsake you.”
Whatever challenges or obstacles you may be facing in your business, your family, your finances, your health, you can silence the voices that try to convince you that you don’t qualify for God’s favor. Once you settle that question, you can move forward with boldness and confidence! (Proverbs 28:1 NKJV)
Believing this — really accepting it as true — will affect everything you do. David would never have run out onto the battlefield against Goliath had he not been certain God was with him.
What will you do today, knowing that God is for you?
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