God is for us, loved one!
Those words are His—found in abundance in His Holy Word. They are found in verses so clear, so Self-expressive of our Father’s love, so totally supportive and fully committed to us there is no mistaking His intent that we firmly grasp the idea. The reason? Because doubts and fears too easily and constantly beset us.
We are all tempted at times to wonder: Is God’s mind tuned to my heart-cry…my need? Is His eye focused on me now…on my present situation? Will God’s hand reach my way…to cover me in time? His Word answers these questions for us. When we cry out, His Word thunders in response: “If God be for us, who can be against us!” (Romans 8:31).
What are the situations where we can expect we will find, “God is for us”? Here is just the beginning of a list:
He is for us when we are going through hard times.
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the Lord your God…Since you were precious in My sight, you have been honored, and I have loved you…” (Isaiah 43:2-4)
He is for us when we feel others have forgotten or forsaken us.
“Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you. See, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands…” (Isaiah 49:15-16)
I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging bread… (Psalm 37:25)
For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:5-6)
He is for us when physical or material needs press around us.
“I am the Lord who heals you…” (Exodus 15:26)
“For I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds…” (Jeremiah 30:17)
“I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely, for My anger has turned away…” (Hosea 14:4)
…[Since He] did not spare His own Son…shall He not with Him freely give us all things? (Romans 8:32)
Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know [and]… whoever calls upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved. (Jeremiah 33:3; Joel 2:32)
There is not a moment when we are out of God’s mind, His gaze, or His touch. And there is not a moment when He is ever, ever anything less than completely for us! Hear it once for all: He has made an eternal vow to His own, saying, “The mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but My kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall My covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has mercy on you (Isaiah 54:10).
Let each of us settle it in our souls. What we read is what He wants us to declare: God is for us! So say it—then say it again.
Let us move into our days, serving Him because He loves us—not working for Him in hope we might earn His love. Shout it with all your heart! Everybody deserves to know…God is for us!