Have you ever had somebody show up at your house unexpectedly? Maybe it’s around dinnertime, and you’re just getting ready to sit down and eat, and you hear the doorbell. You open it up, and it’s a friend of yours.
And you’re like, “Hey.”
“Hey, I’m here.”
“Great! Hi!” And you’re frantically searching through your brain, trying to remember if you invited your friend over and just forgot or what. Finally you ask, “Uhh, why? Why are you here?”
“What do you mean? I’m just here.”
“You’re just here? Well, my family—we’re sitting down for dinner, but—”
“Oh, so you came to eat?”
“No, I just came to be here.”
It’s just awkward.
We have to ask ourselves, why is Jesus with us?
This is where it goes to the next level, and a lot of people can’t take it. They can agree that God is with them, but they just don’t know why.
The Bible declares emphatically that God is with us because God is for us. He’s here to make sure we’re taken care of. He’s here to hook us up and back us up. He’s here to provide, protect, and empower.
Romans 8:31–32 makes this clear. “What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?”
Some people argue this. That is unfathomable to me. Why would you argue that God is not for you?
Well, they say, sometimes he comes in his wrath, and he comes with judgment, and he comes—
Hold on. You mean to tell me that you don’t think God is for you, even though he gave his Son for you? He’s so for you that he died for you. What other proof do you need?
My dad used to ask people, “How good does God need to be to you before you’re happy?” That’s not a condemning statement. It’s a wake-up call. We have a good God and we have a good Savior. Our lives are good. We have a lot to be grateful for and a lot to be happy about.
Some of us go so far as to think God gets a kick out of our suffering.
“Yeah, it’s good for you to suffer. Grovel. Learn your lesson.”
That’s wrong. That’s bizarre. If I were that kind of a parent, I would be put in jail for child abuse. Yet we attribute these strange, perverse motives to God.
I love what God says through the prophet Jeremiah: “ ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.’ ”
In other words, “Don’t tell me I’m here to do you bad. Don’t tell me I’m here to judge you. Don’t tell me I’m here because I’m mad at you. I know the thoughts I think about you, and they’re for good, not for evil. I know your future, and it is full of hope!”
God is with us, and he is for us. This is the gospel.
So no matter what I go through, he is with me and he is for me. Even if it doesn’t make sense, he is with me and he is for me. Even if I can’t cross every t and dot every i, he is with me and he is for me. No matter what anybody says, he is with me and he is for me. No matter what my emotions tell me, no matter what my bodily aches and pains tell me, no matter what my bank account tells me, he is with me and he is for me. He is on my side.
In the darkest part of your journey, the thing that will keep you full of life, peace, and happiness is the gospel. It’s the knowledge that God is with you and for you.
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