What, then, are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? (Romans 8:31)
Paul was a man who knew pain and hardship. He experienced persecution for his faith, shipwrecks, and snake bites. Paul was a man well acquainted with his sin, having been confronted by Jesus in Acts 9. Paul was aware that there were many things in life that could be against him. The Bible even says that the devil is prowling around like a lion seeking someone to devour (1 Pet. 5:8). In the life of a believer it seems like there is always some sort of circumstance, person, or sin that is seeking to separate us from God. Have you felt that?
Well, if you have, here’s what Paul who faced tons of opposition has to say. He says, if God is for you who can be against you? Now that doesn’t mean that there will never be things that oppose you or God. What it does mean is that anything or anyone who would seek to oppose you has zero ability to destroy your faith. Why? Because God is for you. But what about my enemies? Who cares about your enemies you have God. What about my sin? God is the one who justifies you. What about people who condemn me? Christ Jesus died for you and is praying for you. What about death? If Christ conquered death then you are surely more than conquerors through Jesus. So what could separate me from God? Nothing. Absolutely nothing.
If you trust in Jesus and have put your faith in him there is nothing in this world that can take you away from Jesus. So the next time you’re tempted to doubt God and be overwhelmed by the people, circumstances, or even the devil, look to Jesus. Look to the gospel. Look to God. If he didn’t spare Jesus to save you, what makes you think he won’t deliver you from Satan, sin, and even death. Be sure that nothing in this world will be able to separate God’s people from His love for them in Christ Jesus.