God Is For Us

If God be for us, who can be against us? 
Romans 8: 31
I learned that the word, “If,” in this passage can be translated to “Since.”  What a comforting thought; it’s an assurance of God’s love and protecting care of us.  With the persecution and killing of Christians throughout the world, it is reassuring to know that God is for us. In China, where Christian churches are forced to register with the government (which seeks to monitor what is preached), the church is growing most rapidly.
This verse doesn’t only apply to persecution, it also applies to our struggle with sin.  God graciously gives us his Spirit to work in us. Every day God gives us help in our spiritual struggles.  He has power over the devil, as shown in the book of Job.  Satan had to bow in submission to God. “And the Lord said to Satan, ‘Behold, he is in your hand; only spare his life.’ ” Job 2.6
God is for us.
~Hans Tamminga (age 13)
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