God is for us!

Sometimes life in this world can be tough.  It seems like things are just against us and we rarely understand them.  In Psalm 73 the worship leader was wondering why it seemed the ungodly prospered.  Trying to figure it all out, and fighting the good fight can be a wearisome thing.  But it’s inevitable if you keep your focus on the world.  God is calling us to Himself to see things through His heavenly perspective.  He is with us.  We are His sanctuary.  We have not been left to our own resources.  He is life for us and in Him we are free from trying to figure it all out.  He’s in control and working through all of it. 
Psalm 73:24–25 “You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory. 25 Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.” 
Whom do I have?  We may not have a lot of human support or encouragement sometimes, but we have Christ living in us.  When I’m living in relationship with my Good Shepherd I don’t “want.”  He’s more than enough and all I desire. 
Romans 8:31 “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” 
What are we going to say about His promise to transform us?  How are we going to respond to the amazing truth we were foreknown, predestined, called, justified and glorified?  It is amazing and almost beyond comprehension and the Apostle uses several questions to take us further on the journey.  Let’s begin with, “Thank you!  God is for us!”  If the first part of the last sentence was left off I would probably have a long list.   There are all kinds of enemies.  But God is for us!  It isn’t “if” like maybe, but “since” God is for us!  As a child I had a protector in my older sister Peggy.  Alone, I was subject to many threats and really scared.  However, in the shadow my sister no one dared touch me.  The enemy may seem powerful and overwhelming but not in light of Who is on my side.  Since God is for me the enemy hasn’t a chance!    God is for us even though we fail frequently. 
Psalm 73:28 “But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all your works.” 
Let this thought be with you.  God is for you, working in and through you no matter what trials or heartache you’re experiencing.  He’s for you!  You can’t get closer to God because He lives in His believers.  When it seems the whole world is against you live in the awareness that He is your refuge  .
Have an incredible week in the presence of Him who calls you beloved!  Look for opportunities to share His message of love and life with others.  I’ll be praying for you this week and look forward to worshipping with you on Sunday.
Remember – there’s no men’s Bible study this Thursday or Saturday.
You are loved!
Pastor Tim