Guest Devo: Romans 8:31-32

Today we have a guest (another one of blue topaz's bros) who's coming to share a short devotional. Hope you all enjoy!

"What shall we say to these things? If God be for us who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?" (Romans 8:31-32 KJV)

If God is for us then whatever is against us will not prevail. What are some examples of things that could come against and seek seek to destroy us? Maybe sickness or illness, fear of what the future many hold, fear about changes that could occur in our lives. It could be something that goes against your moral beliefs, or it could be doubts about your belief itself. The list could go on and on.

All of us have fears that seek to destroy us. Satan tries to cause us to despair and disbelieve. We must resist Satan and all other struggles that come into our lives. But how do we know God is stronger than our trials?

In Exodus 14 God helps the Israelites by parting the Red Sea. By parting the Red Sea, God shows He is stronger by letting the Israelites go through then closing it before Pharoh and his army could get through. His power is made evident.

Another example is found in Genesis 6-8. God sends a flood on the whole earth. He wipes out all the population except the people and animals on the ark. God shows He is stronger by using this global flood to start over again with the righteous. Again, God's perfect plan is shown. He uses one righteous man and his obedience to preserve mankind. God's sovereignty prevails.

A third example are some of the miracles Jesus performed. Jesus used these miracles to show God's power in Him and prove He was the Messiah. A few of His most well known miracles are: healing a man born blind in John 9, a ruler's daughter raised from the dead in Matthew 9, a leper cleansed in Matthew 8, and the healing of ten lepers in Luke 17. These are just a few examples of Jesus' power to help those who have faith.

So now we see that God is stronger than anything that may come against us. If God is really that powerful to protect us, then why should we fear?  We shouldn't be reckless and put ourselves in a dangerous situation, but we should also know God is in control. For example, you shouldn't randomly run around on your roof and be like "well God's in control". That would be an example of putting yourself in needless danger. But because God is powerful enough to protect us, we have no need to be afraid.

But what else had God done for us? Not only does He provide for our daily needs but also for mankind's most desperate need: redemption. God sent His one and only Son to earth to offer mankind a second chance. God did make a big sacrifice when He gave up His only Son. If God wouldn't withhold His Son, why would He withhold beneficial blessings from us?

God is stronger than anything we may face in life. And He even gave us His Son. We can be encouraged by this. The God we serve will protect us and we have no need to be afraid.


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