Romans 8:31 – “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us”? (Source)
This is something I wrestled with for so long. I could never wrap my mind around the concept of the above scripture. I struggled with this because I repeatedly would come back to the age old question of, “how is God allowing this to happen to me”?
It took a long time for me to realize that God wasn’t allowing anything to happen to me because He wanted to see me hurt. God loved me too much for this. He wanted to see me grow, mature, and learn that there is a better way of living. It took me over 30 years to learn this fact (I am showing my age a bit). I know He loves all of you just as much as He does me.
To know that our Father in Heaven cries when we cry and rejoices when we rejoice, etc, it is so refreshing. Brothers and sisters, a bit of a confession. My father that helped bring me into this world passed away when I was too young to really know him, so that left a bit of a rough patch in my life. So it was difficult for me to watch sons and their fathers growing up and doing father and son things. I couldn’t understand why they got to do this and not me. “Why did God take my father away”? Well, things happen to people all the time that God didn’t specifically do is what I learned. I couldn’t accept that at first. I did, however, learn over time that God uses these horrible things and shapes us into something marvelous as we get older. God allowed my pain while understanding the depth of my pain so that I can be on the path that He needed me to be on.
Today, I am grateful that He didn’t just protect me from that pain. It did take me quite a few years to finally “get it”. Our Father in Heaven is a Father that never abandons, no matter how foolish any of us can be. He has unconditional love. I take solace knowing that no matter the circumstances, I can count on God to be in my corner. To have so much love that He gave His only begotten son up as a living sacrifice. That He can live in my heart and know that there is a Lord and Savior.
With all that being said, there ARE entities who are against us. Ones that really want us to fail. Groups or organizations, a singular person or deity. The fact is that no weapon formed against us shall prosper (Isaiah 54:17). This, of course, deserves to be a whole different blog post because there is so much to discuss with that. Nonetheless, God knows as much as He loves us, Satan equally despises our love for Christ and will stop at nothing to try to turn our minds and hearts away from Christ. Since we are already on the winning team, this will not happen!
Until next time my brothers and sisters in Christ, God bless!
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