I’ve been a Christian a really long time – since I was 15 – and yet there are days when I feel alone, as if God has forgotten about me. Maybe you feel that way sometimes, too.
For me, it’s not wise to trust my feelings when I feel this way. Actually trusting one’s feelings isn’t so smart at any time. Our feelings are a barometer for lots of things – what we ate for dinner, illness, the music we’ve been listening to, the mood of others, even our own sin. But our feelings are not a reliable indicator of what’s really true.
So as a Christian I’m better off to come to the Scriptures to determine what’s true. If I feel God has somehow forgotten about me, it’s just not true. He hasn’t. And His attention to my life is written all over the Bible, practically on every page.
For example, the eighth chapter of the book of Romans. I’ve looked into Romans 8 twice in two recent series of posts, and I’d like to do another short series, based on the question Paul asks in Romans 8:31: What shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?
Now to be honest, it might feel like plenty of things are “against us.” Satan, evil people, a bad economy, even our own sin nature. But the point of the question is, if the God of heaven is on our side, committed to our good, then how can anything or anybody win? How can they be against us successfully? The answer is, they can’t!
The first way we know God is for us is An Unthinkable Sacrifice - He gave up His own Son. He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Romans 8:32
The sacrifice of Jesus is described two ways – negatively, what the Father did not do: “He did not spare his own Son.” And positively, what He did do: “but gave him up for us all.”