A Look Back

 

In part one of "More Than Conquerors" we looked at the first 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 the subject of our focus last week: if God is for us, who can be against us? Remembering the story of David's anointing to be king, which led to his flight from Saul and nearly losing his life on several occasions, we also read that God sustained David through the years of hiding and unfair accusations. David was the intended king of Israel, the "father" of the forthcoming Messiah. Nothing would stand in God's way of seeing His plan fulfilled for David, Israel, and all of mankind. Neither will God allow anything to come between you and His plan for your life, if you yield it perfectly to Him.

 

So the answer to question 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? (Romans 8:32)

 

In Part One of this series I wrote about a time when I felt I had already lost the battle and was definitely losing the war. Everything I held dear was falling apart at the seams. A wise older man listened to my moaning and complaining, making no comment along the way as my tale of woes grew increasingly pathetic. When I was done, he said to me, "God gave His Son to die for you. The most precious thing He could have sent. Do you really think that with all that invested, He's going to let you down now?"

 

Of course the answer was no, but far more exciting is the rest of this story.

 

Years later, as one of my own was crying over the injustices of life (and I will admit she was really going through some really dark days), I had the opportunity to repeat those very words to her. The cloud shadowing her pretty face was suddenly lifted and her eyes became bright. "Oh, yeeeeeeah..." she said. Over the next few days, literal miracles occurred in her life, bringing about renewed faith and vitality for the Lord.

 

To Give Him Up