Romans 8:31-39 (The Message)
So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn't hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn't gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God's chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ's love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture: They kill us in cold blood because they hate you. We're sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one. None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I'm absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God's love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.
In Romans 8 the apostle is writing of God’s love for us. It is a reminder of how God sacrificed His most precious gift for our sakes. The apostle understood the life of a person who follows Christ is not always a trouble free life. There are hardships and problems to face, but Christ who understands is taking up for us. And in our own limited thinking we may only think Christ takes up for us here on earth, but he is also taking up for us in the heavenly realm.
Have you ever faced a situation where you needed to speak up to someone, but you needed others to stand with you? Maybe the problem is with a boss, friend or relative and everyone seems to be in favor of discussing the problem. You feel confident everyone is behind you as you go to discuss whatever the issue is. You go and state the issue to the person, but as you do everyone else suddenly falls silent. They leave you totally alone to face the other individual and never once back you up on anything you are saying. Christ will never do that to us. He is there standing up for us as we face our difficulties. Stephen as he was about to be stoned saw Christ standing up for him. Acts 7:55 says, “55But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God”. Normally the scriptures refer to Christ as sitting at the right hand of God, but here He was standing. Christ does not give up on us, but is always supporting us and loving us. Aren’t you glad Christ does not give up on you? Pray and give praise to Christ who loves you deeply. Praise Him for His faithfulness and support. Thank Him for all the times He was there and stood up for you.