LENT DAY 18
Who Can Be Against Us? By Steve Johnson
If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31 ESV)
I have always loved this verse. It basically says that God has got your back. I have found this verse to be true in my life but I also know that this is one of those verses that we can read and think “maybe that’s true for you but it’s not true for me”. I want to encourage you that the same God who spoke the universe into existence created you! If you believe in Him then He will direct your paths and if He is for us who can be against us?
In 2015 we lived in Haiti for a year. We were sent by Southside Church to grow the relationship with the Haiti Free School project and develop relationships with the local church we are connected with down there. I had personally been travelling and working in Haiti for about 8 years up until this point and felt pretty comfortable about this new adventure. I knew and loved the people, the project and the community. During our time in Haiti we had a fantastic time getting to know our Haitian leaders at the school, we were busy serving in our local church, and the family was settling in for the long haul. Through a series of events those plans were derailed by other North Americans who were in the community working on other projects. We lived through a very difficult season of being lied to and about, being ridiculed for our beliefs, gossiped about and judged without cause. We left Haiti very heartbroken because we had felt such a heavy burden to serve there. But what hurt the most was feeling that our impact and our value had been undermined in the community.
You know those times when you feel like you are doing the right thing, but at the time nobody sees it? It sucks doesn’t it? And, it usually takes some time before we get to see God work it all out for good. This was one of those times.
It was probably a year later when Carmen had the opportunity to travel back with me that we saw God working it out for His good. We saw that people had spoken up about how much they missed our presence and still mourned our leaving. It was one of those moments when God reminded me that He works everything out for His glory.
It takes time. It takes patience. It may take tears of anger or sorrow. But, God will work out all things to the good of his glory.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)