Romans 8:31, “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
One of the greatest struggles in our days is to have someone you can trust. Experiences has caused people to be skeptic when it deals with trust issue. Trust is very fragile. Someone said, “it is easy to mend broken love than broken trust.”
Joshua 5:13, “And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, a Man stood opposite him with His sword drawn in His hand. And Joshua went to Him and said to Him, “Are You for us or for our adversaries?” It is very important to know who is on your side and who is not. The reason is simple, he who is on your side believes in you and the ability you have. He knows who you and how best to assist you do the right thing. In this text, Joshua is about to go to battle, he sees a Man (the Lord appeared as a man) ready for battle. What a comfort to know that the person whom you thought was against you is not but for you. It is away to say I have come because You need me.
Two things to bring to our attention that sound a like, have almost identical words but have different meanings because of the words arrangements, “GOD BE FOR US” and “GOD BEFORE US”. Romans 8:31, “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? I rub into people who behave as though the Lord was against them. It is disturbing to me because I understand that whoever is against you aims to destroy you by all means. I believe that the reason why some people think this way is because they called on God for something but He never came through for them or God allowed them to go through something. To them that was a sign of God being against them. Suppose we asked our earthly father to do something and he did not, does that mean he is against us? he is for us, meaning he is on our side looking out for our well being.
The bible says, “If God be for us” which is interesting because I was hoping that it would say “When God is for us”. Had the bible used “WHEN” that would imply that God is not ready yet “to be for us”. It would suggest He is in the process of being ready. For sure we know God is always ready. The word “IF” drops the ball in our court because we are the ones who should be ready for “God to be for us”. Joshua understood this concept because there was a Man (God) who came ready ready to be on someone’s side and that was Joshua’s. So it was Joshua who needed to be ready for Him to be for them. We have God on our side friends always but we have to be ready for Him to be for us.
Now we tackle “GOD BEFORE US”. This is the challenging one because it calls for us taking a back seat. “God be for us” just means He is on our side but God before us means that not only is He on our side, He is also in control leading (Lord). Joshua 5:14, “So He said, “No, but as a Commander of the army of the Lord I have now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshipped, and said to Him, “What does my Lord say to His servant?” It is easy to have “God for us” but the most important thing is to have “God before us”. The Man who appeared came in as Commander and we know commanders take leads and give orders. With this understanding, not only did Joshua let Him to be for them, he also stepped aside for Him to go before them. He knew that the man was for them and not against them for He says I have come. Can you trust Him enough to be for you and go before you? Proverbs 3:5, “Trust in the Lord with all thy heart and lean not on thy own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths”, blessings Ev