Tuesday, December 2, 2008

God is FOR YOU

That phrase, “for you,” appears often in scripture. For instance, when Jesus met people, his first words to them often were in the form of a question, "What do you want me to do for you?" (Matthew 20:32; Mark 10:36, 51). When Jesus first instituted communion He said, “This is my body which is given for you” (I Corinthians 11:24). Paul wrote, “If God be for us, who can be against us” (Romans 8:31).

When you find yourself in a battle it is good to know God is with you, but it’s even better to know He is for you.

Some people believe that God is sitting up in heaven just waiting for them to mess up so He can punish them. They imagine God as a club wielding potentate who gets some kind of morbid pleasure out of inflicting pain upon people. There are entire systems of theology devoted to that line of thinking. Yet God Himself states the exact opposite, “For I know the plans I have FOR YOU," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11).

No one wants what is best for you more than God Himself. No one knows what will truly make you happy better than God.

When you know that God is for you, it doesn’t matter who or what is against you.

God is for you.