Read: Romans 8:28-39
If God is for us, who can be against us? (v. 31)
Once when one of our children was very young, he disappeared. We searched frantically around the house and outdoors. We called his name loudly. We finally found him in the back of a closet. The louder we called, the more scared he was, so he remained hidden.
In stark contrast are other times when I have lost something of far less value, such as a golf ball from an errant shot, and decided it wasn’t worth searching for. Thankfully, God doesn’t give up on us like that but pursues us like a parent searching for a lost child because we have great value in his eyes. He made us and he loves us enough to search and find us when we are lost in sin. God is for you! You are of great worth to him. Romans 8 declares a double truth that God is for us and that nothing will be able to separate us from the love of God.
Others may hold your past failures against you. You may be tempted to live with shame and guilt. At times it may feel like no one is on your side. Yet just as God was with Joseph in prison (Gen. 39:21-23) and surrounded Elisha with a heavenly army (2 Kings 6:17), the Lord is with you and he has a great plan for your life if you trust in him. —Steve Petroelje
Prayer: Faithful Father, who never gives up on me, thank you for the value and worth that I have as your child. Amen.