December 11th, 2014
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 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 8:31–32, ESV)
Life can be brutal. Sometimes we feel like we're on the losing end of a boxing glove, getting beaten and battered by the punches of life. In those moments, it can be easy to grow despondent and believe that God's love has somehow forgotten how to find its way into your life.
But the above verses remind us that God never forgets us and it always in our corner, no matter how we perceive our circumstances. For the Christian there couldn't be better news in all the world. God is decidedly for us. He's is on your side. He's got our back. There is no good thing that he will withhold from you today. The logic is plain and simple: if God did not spare his most prized possession -- his precious Son -- what would blessing or gift would he possibly hold back from you now!
In his commentary on this passage, John Calvin wrote, “This is the chief and therefore the only support to sustain us in every temptation. If God is not propitious to us, no sure confidence can be conceived, even though everything should smile upon us. On the other hand, however, his favor alone is a sufficiently great consolation for every sorrow, and a sufficiently strong protection against all the storms of misfortune.”
God's love for you is as sure and steadfast as his Word. No matter how intense the battle, never forget that you can count on God's steadfast love and the finished work of Jesus Christ to bind you tightly to your Heavenly Father.
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