No one and Nothing
The question is posed: "If God is on our side, can anyone be against us?" I'd have to answer, "Sure, just because we have God on our side doesn't mean we will never be opposed by anyone or anything else for the rest of our lives!" It DOES mean that nothing which opposes us will ever win the upper hand! Whether it is an enemy of our own "doing" such as addiction to some substance or habit, or some enemy we have absolutely no control over such as the senseless tragedy of someone taking the life of another just because they are in school or the theater that day - we have enemies around us. They work to create as much "mess" in our lives as possible - sometimes because the mess of their own lives just is too much for them to handle themselves!
In everything we have won more than a victory because of Christ who loves us. (Romans 8:37 CEV)
I have often pondered this idea of why bad things happen to good people. In the recent weeks we have learned of 147 kids attending school in Kenya, simply going about their business of learning their "reading, writing, and arithmetic", then suddenly losing their lives. Senseless tragedy, unknown to them or their families when they headed to school that day - even more tragic because of the senselessness of one militant group rising up against another. Christian students were separated from Muslims, then shot dead on the spot. The age-old question emerges - why must good people suffer bad stuff. Some would argue, "Where was their God when this was going on?" Others would merely hang their heads and say, "He must have a plan in all this." I don't know the plan in the taking of these lives, but I do know my God (and the God these students served) will be with the families of those who lost their lives that day!
As long as there is evil on this earth, opposition to any way of life in contrast to its own will be targeted. As long as sin has any inroad into the hearts of man, man will follow the pull of such evil and will succumb to the temptation to believe in "their causes" which set at opposition "good" and "evil", "right" and "wrong", "Christian" and any "other religion". There have always been zealots of causes throughout all of time - some even more violently based than those we see today, but zealots nonetheless. We ask again, "If God be for us, who can stand against us?" I'd have to answer that the same way - MANY and MUCH will attempt to stand AGAINST us, but nothing can rob us of our peace, our hope, and our security in Christ Jesus!
For the purpose of our study today, let us return to this idea of things, ideas, and enticing habits being the object of what "stands against us" in this walk with Jesus. When we consider these things - complete with all their interesting bells and whistles - I wonder how they pale in comparison to the majesty of the one who created the very ground from which the minerals, ores, and timbers were mined or cut? When we consider those ideas which lurk in our minds, or promote themselves as the most important for us to adopt - I wonder how they fall before the thoughts of the all-knowing God of the universe, present everywhere at all times? When we consider the things which pull at our heart strings, engaging all our senses in the pursuit of some passion - I wonder how they just crumble at the mention of the name of the one who showed his love by giving his life for those who had no way of repaying a debt so big they could never accomplish the "repayment" of such a debt?
Nothing stands against the power, majesty, and love of God. NOTHING! That also translates to NO ONE. All pale, crumble, and just plain fall. How is this possible? For the answer, we have to look back a few verses: "Christ died and was raised to life, and now he is at God's right side, speaking to him FOR US." We stand in the face of opposition because he died, rose again, and now stands at the right hand of God, making continual mention of our names and our needs to the CREATOR of the UNIVERSE. We may face oppositions great and many, but none can ever take us away from the presence of God - because Jesus makes us known in the presence of the Almighty! Just sayin!