Paul writes in Romans 8:31: “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”
Do you ever feel like God is against you? I have. What’s interesting is that when things are going great, God often doesn’t get the credit, but as soon as it turns, He gets all the credit.
Last week I was in Papua New Guinea and I saw and heard stories of real poverty and anguish. Women who had to give birth to their child outside in the mud and couldn’t go back in their home until they had stopped bleeding from the birth. You see things and hear things that make you question God’s availability and wonder, “is He really with us?”
You have to wrestle that one to the ground. I remember the day I came to terms with God. I was sitting on the side of the road in my car that had just been hit by a huge crane truck. It knocked me and my dad to the side of the road. Just weeks earlier we had lost our baby to a miscarriage. I’m holding onto the steering wheel just mad at God. And I heard Him gently say, “let go.” It changed everything. I realized in that moment that God was for me not against me. That the more I try to control my circumstances the less He gets to be good on my behalf. I also realized that stuff happens and no one is to blame. It just happened.
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:35-38)
Awhile back in a message I mentioned that God doesn’t hide from us, but we hide from Him. You see nothing can separate us from Him. Nothing. Nothing. Nothing. Not our sin and not our sickness. Not our depression and not our disdain. Nothing. There is nothing you have done or are doing that separates you from God. So, stop hiding. Come out from behind the walls that you’ve built and embrace the love of Jesus.
Action: What walls have you built up between you and God? How can you tear those walls down today? On a scale of 1 to 10 how convinced are you that God loves you and that nothing can separate you from that love (1 is not convinced at all and 10 is utterly convinced)? What one thing can you do today, believe today, think today that can increase your conviction by one point? You can comment on my blog or facebook so others can be encouraged.