God is for us is one of the most encouraging thoughts in Scripture. After all, we were once separated from God by sin and rebellion, and yet…God is for us! Romans 8:31, states, “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” (ESV). This verse starts with “What then…” meaning it is in response to the verses above that are speaking of justification and glorification. In addition, Romans 5:1 states, “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (ESV)
God has done the work and Jesus’ sacrifice justifies us. That is to say, He paid the price. Jesus Himself satisfied the wrath of God, purchasing our freedom with His death. So if God Himself did all that for us, why would He oppose us? He would not. God is for us! There are three very definite ways God shows Himself to be for us.
1) God fights for us
Understandably, this is a crazy concept, but it is clear throughout Scripture that God, indeed, fights for us! Exodus 14:14 states, “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” (NIV). God’s very presence goes with us — before us, behind us, and all around us (Psalm 139:5). Over and over in Scripture, God promised to watch over His children and to protect them.
In Deuteronomy 20:4 we further find the words, “For the Lord your God is going with you! He will fight for you against your enemies, and he will give you victory!” (NLT) And Isaiah 54:17 states, “No weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed, and you shall refute every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their vindication from me,’ declares the Lord.” (ESV) Wow! We do not need to defend ourselves, God will fight for us. We don’t need to take revenge, God vindicates us.
2) God prays for us
God is for every believer. It is not enough for God that He sent His Son Jesus to die for us (John 3:16). He cares so much that He fights for us so we can live in victory. In addition, His love prompts Him to pray for us! The very Savior of the world loves and cares about our every need, and He prays for us. Romans 8:34, puts it this way, “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.” (ESV)
Hebrews 7:25, “Therefore, He is able, once and forever to save those who come to God through Him. He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf.” (NLT) Jesus, not only died for us to be in right relationship with God, He continues to intercede for us (1 John 2:1-20; John 17:11-20). God is our Father. As such, He delights in us!
Have you every seen the bumper sticker “Proud Parent of…”? So many vehicles have bumper stickers — proud honor student, proud parent of gymnast/soccer player/etc., proud band parent. The list goes on and on. Stay with me here. God is our Father. As such, He is a proud parent! He says, “proud parent of… (insert your name here).” Can you imagine the bumper stickers God has? We pray for our kids, God prays for His!
3) God works for our good
Additionally, God is active in our lives. As our Father, He has a unique interest in us. Our Heavenly Father believes in us, is for us, and prays for us. Finally, He works for our good. The interesting thing is that God’s perspective is not ours. He is God, alone. He sees the present season in terms of eternity. No matter the circumstances, God is God. Neither the situation not its outcome determine His goodness. He is God and He is good (Psalm 34:8). When we focus on self and circumstances, it narrows our view of God like that of a microscope, we see our problems and trials in a magnified view. However, when we focus on God, all He is, and all He does, we have a telescopic perspective — allowing us to view Him in all His glory.
Because God is God, His good may not equal all we think it should be. Isaiah 55:6, 8-9 — “Seek the Lord while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near…’For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,’ declares the Lord. For as the Heavens are higher than the Earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.” (ESV). It takes faith and a God-sized perspective to believe in His goodness.