If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31
Years ago when I first became a believer and started reading my Bible, this verse bothered me. No, it downright scared me. It says if God is for me. I wasn’t sure if God was for me. Maybe he wasn’t for me. Maybe, just maybe this verse wasn’t for me. Maybe God was against me. These thoughts brought up many concerns and fears that God didn’t love me, he didn’t like me or accept me. He just tolerated me. He didn’t love me.
Slowly I came to realize by the gentle touch of his love that these perceptions of God were wrong. I have never studied the original language this was written in so I don’t know the exact meaning of the word if. What I came to realize that If could be replaced with the words since or because. Because God is for us, who can be against us? Since God is for us, who can be against us?
I don’t know where you are in your journey with God but he is for you. He is not out to get you. He is not watching everything you do wrong so he can strike you with a bolt of lightening. He loves you!