Devotional: ‘If God be For Us, Who Can be Against Us?’

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Sometimes in life we are forced to face situations that seem impossible. Things such as a doctor’s report, an unexpected bill, or even a lay-off from work can come out of nowhere and throw us for a loop. Yet as we read from the book of Romans – “If God is for us, who can be against us?”(Romans 8:31), as long as God is on our side, we can’t be defeated.

Consider this story from the book of Joshua

Joshua 6:1 Now Jericho was shut up inside and outside because of the people of Israel. None went out, and none came in. 2 And the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have given Jericho into your hand, with its king and mighty men of valor. ESV

Defeating Jericho would be one of the greatest challenges Joshua and the people would face. Many believe that Jericho was protected by not only one, but two great walls. Along these walls were massive gates that could be easily be shut and made secure. Archaeologists have also discovered that Jericho had a fresh supply of water flowing into it continuously as well as hundreds of containers filled with grain. The city of Jericho was a seemingly impregnable fortress that was prepared to withstand any type of invasion for any length of time.

Therefore, from a human perspective, Joshua and the people of Israel appeared to be no match for the inhabitants of Jericho. Yet the Bible teaches us that in reality, the inhabitants of Jericho were no match for Joshua and the people. How could this be possible? How could an army that was obviously inferior be stronger than an army that was well prepared and protected behind stone walls? Joshua and the people were stronger because of what Paul said in the book of Romans. “If God is for us, who can be against us?”

Sometimes in life we find ourselves in situations that seem completely impossible. Yet the Bible tells us that with God – “nothing shall be impossible.” (Luke 1:37) God is able to accomplish anything that needs to be accomplished. Therefore do not let the massive obstacles before you frighten or discourage you. As the book of Proverbs says – “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

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