January 12, 2017 God By My Side-Psalm 118:5-6, Romans 8:31-39

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Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me in a broad place. With the Lord on my side I do not fear. What can mortals do to me?  Psalm 118:5-6 (NRSV)

Everyone has come to places in life where there are scary situations- health crises, loss, financial setbacks or physical danger.  Those who live with anxiety disorders deal with fear they often cannot name or explain.  Sometimes fear is simply overwhelming because it is in response to a situation we cannot stop or mitigate or control.

God is beyond the things that cause our fear.  He is the One Who is really in control, and even when the storms rage all around us, we truly have nothing to fear.

What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else?  Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us.  Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  As it is written,

“For your sake we are being killed all day long;
    we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,  nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:31-39 (NRSV)

The apostle Paul, who wrote the letter to the Romans (and other letters to churches that are now books of the Bible,) knew about hardship and persecution.  He spent time in prison for the sake of the Gospel.  He endured deprivation and physical pain on his journeys to preach the Word. Yet he could attest to the fact that God is in control, and that God is on our side even when it doesn’t look like it or feel like it.

Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ.  God is by our side, so what do we have to fear?