More Than Conquerors: Part Three
- Wednesday, August 20, 2003
In parts one and two of "More Than Conquerors" we looked at two of Paul's five questions found in Romans 8, beginning with verse 31:
1. If God is for us, who can be against us?
2. How would [God] not graciously give us all things?
3. Who will bring charges against those whom God has chosen?
4. Who is he that condemns?
5. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? How would [God] not graciously give us all things?
The first question was answered after studying the story of David's anointing to be king, leading to his flight from Saul and nearly losing his life on several occasions. God sustained David through the years of hiding and unfair accusations as he anxiously awaited sitting upon the throne of Israel.
Therefore, the answer to number one is: absolutely no one.
Question two-He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all--how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?-was explored by remembering the preciousness of what God gave in order to connect to His children. We reminded ourselves that like Lincolns we are high in value, and like heirlooms we are prized. Literally, we are loved beyond our own understanding.
The answer to number two is this: With so much invested in us, God is not about to let us down when it comes to anything we need.
Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? (Romans 8: 33)
Have you ever been blamed for something you didn't do? I have and in a very big way. I was working in a medical office where money was disappearing. One afternoon, I was called into the doctor's office where the good doc and his wife, who served as the office administrator, were waiting for me. When I was asked to shut the door, the ominous mood became tangible.
As an honest person, I still cannot begin to express within the confines of the article the absolute hurt I felt as the accusations began. "It was obvious," the doctor said, that I was the one "taking the money." I'll always remember the next line: "If it walks like a duck and swims like a duck, it's probably a duck."
I had just been accused of being a money stealing, feather shedding, pond swimming bird. The thought "dead duck" swiftly came to mind...or was it "sitting...."
I knew I had not taken the large amount of money that was missing, but I couldn't imagine anyone else in our office doing it either. Though no formal charges were filed (after all, there is no law against imitating a duck), I quit the one job I had loved the most since I'd graduated from nursing school. It took me several weeks before I even dared show my face in the medical community again in order to search for my next employment. I was embarrassed as much as confused. I hadn't taken the money!
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