31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 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? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
How many people misuse verse 31? They think erroneously, “I can do what I want and if God is for me who can be against me?” That approach is more testing God or trying to get God into your system. It is so backwards. The question should be, “how do we make sure God is for us?”
Politicians get blamed for not having a backbone, or being wishy-washy. A politician has become someone who does what the people want, not necessarily what is right. If they want the people to be for them and therefore vote for them, they must do what the people want or else we go find someone else. Yet when it comes to our Creator, we want Him to be for us even if we aren’t doing what He wants.
Asking how do we make sure God is for us should be enough for us to change. It seems plain and simple, but it isn’t enough. It isn’t enough because of how hard headed we are or how stubborn we are that keeps us from changing. I’m saying even if you do change because of asking this question, it still isn’t enough. We must go deeper here. We must dig in more as to what the Word is telling us. Why? Because we need to know the why! Why is He for us? What shows that he is for us? And what exactly is it that He for?
Why is God for us?
God created the heavens and the earth and everything in it. Everything! Then He created man and gave him dominion over His creation. That is still evident today. No other creature comes close to our capabilities as a whole. You don’t see any creature controlling man… except for cats and Beverly Hills Chihuahuas, but that is another talk about false idols that we won’t get into today. God created everything and then man and then walked with man. Not because God was lonely. Not because He was bored. God created and then walked with man because God is love. God is for us because HE IS LOVE.
What shows His love?
Verse 32 answers this right away. “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all,” says it about a simply as possible. John 3:16 states it even more directly, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only son.” God is a God of sacrifice. I don’t mean the messy blood-spilling animal-killing kind we see in the Old Testament. I mean, He shows us the “how” to be in His will through His sacrificial love of sending His Son to die for us. What are you sacrificing? What are you giving up? What are you paying? And what are you doing all of that for?
What is God for?
God showed us love by sacrifice. And that is what he wants from us. What are you willing to lay down for Christ? He was willing to lay down His life for you? That’s not a guilt thing, it’s a value thing. He valued you enough to lay down his life. So, what is He asking you to lay down? He is asking you to lay down the weight of sin. He is asking you to lay down your burden. He is asking you to lay down your will. “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Come to Jesus, lay down your sins, your burdens, and your will to be yoked to Him so He can show you the way. He will do the work, you just need to follow. And you will find rest!
Then, in that rest, you won’t worry about attacks from the enemy, you won’t worry about ridicule from your peers, you won’t worry about tomorrow because you will KNOW that God is for you.
And if God is for you, who can be against you?