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Giving Us His Best
4/24/2013

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Romans 8:31-32 (NKJV)

I am greatly comforted by this set of verses in Romans 8:31-32.  First of all, having the assurance of God being on my side, protecting me, and looking out for my best interests is liberating.  I am free from fear and worry, knowing He is with me every step of the way.  There is an abundance of peace within my mind knowing God cares so much about me in such a personal way.

Q:         What does this verse mean, “How shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?”

I believe this verse has been taken out of context and even interpreted as, “God wants us all to have a Rolls Royce parked in our garage.”  But this is not what this Scripture is saying.  I believe it simply means God has given us His Son Jesus and at the same time He has given us everything we need to get through this life and attain final salvation.   I believe God gives us exactly what we need, and He spares us from those things we don’t need—those things causing us to take our eyes off of Him, and causing us to stumble.

I remember about nine years ago, being with my wife while looking at a beach house to purchase.  We were sure this home would bring some great things to our relationship.  We could start and end our day by walking on the beach together.  We could open the windows and listen to the ocean at night and sleep so good.  I could do some studying while listening to these waves.  We asked, but God knew this was not where He wanted us and He said, “No.”

We trust Him completely, and we know He is watching out for us and guiding us. He is keeping us from distractions and stumbling blocks that could potentially harm us.  He does this with each and every one of us because He loves us, and He knows us so well. 

Hey maybe God knows if we had enough money we wouldn’t be seeking Him right now.  Maybe He knows we would be putting our confidence in our wealth and possessions instead of Him.  Maybe He knows if we weren’t afflicted with an illness or injury, we might be walking in a wrong direction, perhaps focusing on our next activity or business opportunity.  Maybe He knows if we didn’t experience the loss of a loved one through death, we wouldn’t be thinking about how we will live for eternity. 

The point is God knows what’s best for us.  He wants to give us all “good” things to transform us.  We have already been given Jesus so we might, through Him, have access to the Father and eternal life. He has already given us His written Word in the Bible.  He has already given us The Holy Spirit to help and guide us in the understanding of His Word.  We have already been given so much—why would He hold back anything else needed to become Christ-like?

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn from the Scriptures contained within this devotional with regard to God’s love and provision for us?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you jaded to what God has given you?  Are you eternally thankful for what He has given you?

APPLICATION: Let’s trust in God with everything we have.  Let’s choose to seek Him today and rely upon His promises—knowing He will not give us more than what we can handle, and will provide for our needs.

Father, thank You for all provision, and protection.  Thank You for not giving us those things which would have been harmful.  Help us to remember this truth when we seek those things not needed.  Help us to remember your abundant gifts in Jesus as well.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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