Friday, July 13, 2012

God Is For Us!

Reading a daily devotional, I came across a great section today.  Charles Spurgeon writes about how God is for us. His sovereign grace sent Jesus for us and it rushes down on us still, as daily unconditional love.  I liken the thought that He is "for us" to the star baseball player in a league.  I remember the days in Dixie Youth after the pre-season draft when you would want to know which team the star players were on.  You would ask, "Who does he play for?".  Sometimes you would wish he played for your team so that your chances of the team having a great season would improve. 

I think sometimes we forget or overlook the fact that God, the Creator, is in control and leads our team. He lead us to seek him and promises that everything will work for our good and His glory.  Our sinfulness still wants control and dares to question His work in our lives, but that sin is covered by His grace too.  The Holy Spirit's job is to convict us of these thoughts or actions and lead us to true repentance.  A repentance that makes us run to Jesus, the keeper of the Law for us.  I love this quote:  "Praise God, He is the Lawgiver on the Throne and the Lawkeeper in my heart.  He who gave the Law, Himself keeps it!" -Watchman Nee
To know that the Sovereign Lord is "for us" gives great comfort and peace. Here is the excerpt from Spurgeon's devotional.  Enjoy!:

It is impossible for any human speech to express the full meaning of this delightful phrase, “God is for me.” He was “for us” before the worlds were made; he was “for us,” or he would not have given his well-beloved son; he was “for us” when he smote the Only-begotten, and laid the full weight of his wrath upon him—he was “for us,” though he was against him; he was “for us,” when we were ruined in the fall—he loved us notwithstanding all; he was “for us,” when we were rebels against him, and with a high hand were bidding him defiance; he was “for us,” or he would not have brought us humbly to seek his face. He has been “for us” in many struggles; we have been summoned to encounter hosts of dangers; we have been assailed by temptations from without and within—how could we have remained unharmed to this hour if he had not been “for us”? He is “for us,” with all the infinity of his being; with all the omnipotence of his love; with all the infallibility of his wisdom; arrayed in all his divine attributes, he is “for us,”—eternally and immutably “for us”; “for us” when yon blue skies shall be rolled up like a worn out vesture; “for us” throughout eternity. And because he is “for us,” the voice of prayer will always ensure his help. “When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies be turned back.” This is no uncertain hope, but a well grounded assurance—“this I know.” I will direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up for the answer, assured that it will come, and that mine enemies shall be defeated, “for God is for me.” O believer, how happy art thou with the King of kings on thy side! How safe with such a Protector! How sure thy cause pleaded by such an Advocate! If God be for thee, who can be against thee?
That is my pitch for the day!  

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