God Is For Us
God is for us. This truth sometimes hovers just on the periphery of our vision so that we don’t fully grasp what this means. The circumstances or distractions of life obscure the brightness of this truth. But lift your eyes up. Gaze thoughtfully and intently into eternity for a moment and see if you can catch a glimpse of the life that God has called us to. An eternal glorious life, bright and powerful enough to make every earthly delight or desire pale in comparison. There is no defeat in God’s kingdom either, since everything, even every horrible wretched thing from hell, cannot stand against God’s glorious power at work in us and for us.
Have you noticed? There is a pattern in the way that God works. God excels at defeating the odds. He excels at turning certain defeat into powerful victory. Joseph, Moses, David, Gideon, you, me, and…Jesus! The ultimate horrific sorrowful death on a cross that left his followers discouraged, decimated, and defeated.
Jesus risen from the dead! Death conquered. Christ victorious over our most powerful enemy, which is death and separation from God.
God is For Us. That and More.
There is a powerful truth to be embraced. This truth is solid and true and is a strength to us when we need it most. And that truth is that God is for us. He is on our side. The power of his love for us, although beyond human comprehension, can be seen in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
“He who did not spare even his own Son, but gave him up on behalf of us all — is it possible that, having given us his Son, he would not give us everything else too?” Romans 8:32
Is it really possible that there is even more? How much more? More than we can know or imagine. Stop here for a moment and ask yourself why you limit God to work only within the bounds of your imagination or understanding. I mean, who could have imagined Christ? Who could have imagined a cross?
Then Remember This
Do you feel defeated? Backed into a corner? At the end of your rope, your ability, and your possibilities. Then remember this. This is where God shines! Here is where God meets you and reveals himself as Rescuer, Redeemer, Restorer, Life Giver, Light Shiner, Glorify-er.
Do you feel passionless, loveless, and proud. Then remember this. There is a different reality than the one that you have been embracing.
Are you hurried, worried, anxious, and afraid? Then remember this. There is today. Tomorrow is hidden in the safe place of God’s loving wisdom and understanding.
Do Not Lose Heart
Our weakness, His strength. Our hopelessness, covered over by hope in Him. Death swallowed by victory. Our future hidden and very secure in Him.
Rest in it.
Hope in it.
Receive faith and be restored.
“We do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen, but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
The cross of Christ is our invitation. The cross invites us to enter into the death of Christ by dying to our rebellious silly selfish selves. The Resurrection invites us to enter into the life of Christ and receive all the real treasures of life and truth and the way to experience God with us – and that God is for us.
If you are ready, pray this…
Lord God. I am ready to listen to your voice spoken through the cross and through the ages in Jesus. I turn away from everything that is false and receive the truth of your love and your power – your dominion and rule over everything small and great. Live in me as Lord and Savior. Amen