God is For Us
Ps. 62:8 Trust in Him at all times; you people, pour out your heart before Him; God is a hiding-place for us. Ps. 68:28 Your God has commanded your strength; O God, be strong in that which You have worked out for us. Ps. 124:1,2 A Song of degrees; of David. Except that it was Jehovah who was for us, O may Israel say; except that it was Jehovah who was for us when men rose up against us, Rom. 8:31-34 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Truly 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? Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he condemning? It is Christ who has died, but rather also who is raised, who is also at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.
Did you wake up this morning and remember the glorious truth “God is FOR US”? As believers, we not only fight against the world, the flesh, and the devil, but we also have a habit of forgetting important information. We forget things like passwords, birthdays, and people’s names. But one truth we must affirm and remember every single day is the reality that God is ‘for us’. Here are a few ways we find God for us in Scripture.
He was for us before time began– Look at Eph. 1:3-4: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ; according as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love.” John Gill wrote: “that it was so early, is certain, from the love of God to his people, which this is the effect of, and which is an everlasting love; and from the covenant which was made with Christ from everlasting.” Before the world began, before you were even conceived, God set you apart to receive His ever-lasting grace, mercy, and love. Before creation itself existed, God set his love and affection upon you.
He was for us at the Cross– The words of Psalm 22 were uttered on the cross by our Savior: “My God, my God, why have You forsaken me, and are far from my deliverance, and from the words of my groaning?” God made “Him who knew no sin, to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” As the sin-offering or sin-bearer, God the Father satisfied His wrath and justice through the death of our Savior. The wages of sin is death, and Christ died a hideous and shameful death so that you and I could live. God loved us so much that He did not withhold His only begotten Son. On that cross, God was for us.
He is for us today– Ps. 68:19 says ‘Blessed is Jehovah; He daily bears burdens for us, the God of our salvation’. Sometimes we walk through this world with Jesus and other times we can only limp. Oftentimes we are simply carried. God does not leave us or forsake us during our difficulties. Daily He bears our burdens. When our souls are downcast, our hearts are breaking, and our faith is shaken He is still for us. You will find rest for your weary souls in Him. His yoke is easy and His burden is light (Matt.11:30). A bruised reed He will not break and a smoldering wick He will not quench (Matt.11:20). In Psalm 73 God reminds us ‘I am continually with You; You hold me by my right hand’. The Father holds onto one hand and the Son firmly grips the other. God promises He will never leave you nor forsake you. And nothing in this entire creation can separate you from His love through Christ Jesus. God has given you His Spirit, washed you by the Blood of His Son, and welcomes us into His arms as sons and daughters this very day because He is for us!
He is for us forevermore– Isaiah prophesied God would ‘swallow up death forever; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the LORD has spoken’ (Is.25:8). It does my heart good to know God ‘has kept count of my tossings’, ‘put my tears in His bottle’, and ‘put my afflictions in His book’ (Ps.56:8). In this life we feel the effects of the fall. There is much good to enjoy from our Father’s hand, but in the end suffering and death will come to us all. Following Jesus in the world consists of picking up a cross and dying to ourselves each and every day. However, that will all end one day. In eternity, the Lamb will be our Shepherd and guide us to living waters. In the end, God Himself will ‘wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away’ (Rev.21:4). In Heaven, we will exchange our crosses for crowns and our burdens will be turned into blessings.
What wonderful news as we make our pilgrimage towards the Celestial City. What glorious promises for those meeting various kinds of trials and temptations. Remember this week that God is for you. Trust Him and walk by faith this week. And if God be for us, then who can be against us?