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Got Your Back!

Wednesday, August 16th, 2006

Please read Romans 8:31-39 (NRSV) (The Message) out loud if possible.

As you read, consider these questions: What might God be saying to me in this passage? What jumps out at me? At the end of the reading, try to summarize your thoughts in a sentence or two before reading on.

My thoughts on this passage (Morgan Stewart):

If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31)

While it sounds simple there is a profound message contained within those ten words. Take a careful look at four words in this verse. Read slowly the phrase, “God is for us,” pausing a minute before you continue. Read it again, aloud. God is for us. Repeat the phrase four times, emphasizing each word.

God is for us.
God is for us.
God is for us.
God is for us.

God is for you. Your parents may have forgotten you, your siblings may be ashamed of you, your workplace may overlook you; but within reach of your prayers is the Maker of the oceans. God!

God is for you. Not “may be,” not “has been,” not “was,” not “would be,” but “God is.” God is for you. Today. At this hour. At this minute. God could not be closer than this second. God’s loyalty won’t increase if you are better or lessen if you are worse. God is for you.

God is for you. Turn to the sidelines; that’s God cheering your run. Listen past the finish line; that’s God applauding your steps. Too tired to continue? God’ll carry you. Too discouraged to fight? God’s picking you up. God is for you.

God is for you. If God had a calendar, your birthday would be circled. If God drove a car, your name would be on the bumper. If there’s a tree in heaven, God’s carved your name into the bark.

Thought for the day: God is for you. Knowing that, who is against you? Can your purpose be taken or your value dimished? No. You are protected because God is for you. Take heart!

Today, let’s join together in prayer for: Jennifer Barnes, vice moderator of our Board of Directors.

We encourage you to include a time of prayer with this reading. Use the item above as a starting point, or consider the guidelines on the How to Pray page.

"Be still, and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10
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