What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare 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
I love this passage. I would have to say it is one of my favorites for sure! I could do a dose on each individual verse coming up to the end of the chapter here in Romans 8. Each one is so powerful!
I combined verse 31 and 32 as today’s key passage because we often use one without the other, but when put together in context, the message is expanded beyond what we normally consider. Let me explain. Verse 31 is a common scripture to share when someone is in a struggle or up against opposition. You want to be an encouragement so you offer: “If God is for you, no one can stand against you!” You share this message with the intent to not only encourage, but for the person to take hold of these words to propel them through the barriers coming against them. However, when you put it together with the very next verse, it packs a double punch!
Now you say: “Hey, I just want you to know that God is for you, so there is nothing that can stand up against you. He didn’t even spare His very own Son, Jesus, but gave Him up for you! That is proof you can hold on to that He will freely give you all things, whatever you need to get you through this battle!”
See what I mean? The second verse totally reinforces the thought and promise of verse 31. It is the confirmation that the statement in verse 31 is absolutely truth and you can depend on it. So this is what I want you to do the next time one of your family members or friends are up against it. Don’t just offer them the promise, give them the proof that goes along with the promise and then it will become something they can sink their faith into that carries them on to victory.
Today I want to encourage you to get excited about the scriptures. Romans 8 is one of the most powerful chapters in the entire Bible and definitely one you can get stirred up about. As you read through it again today, take some time to look for each promise given and then for the reinforcing proof that goes along with that promise. Don’t stop there, do it with every promise you find in His Word. God keeps His Word, but you can only depend on Him keeping the parts that you know. Get to know more of God and His promises today by learning more of His Word.
Today’s scripture reading: Romans 8:1-32