In our human minds as we ask ourselves this question, “Who can be against us?” Our hearts are often discouraged with our responses. We see the list of critics and haters as long. We fret about our tomorrows. On our own we fall into despair. But pausing a minute to remember His Word, His promises that are true. Pausing to cling to our only HOPE, we find a great and sure peace.
You can’t threaten to kick a man out of his family whose Father is God and whose brothers and sisters number in the millions.
You can’t threaten to fire a man who has been commissioned as a steward of God and ambassador for Christ.
You can’t threaten to take a man’s wealth whose treasure is stored in heaven.
You can’t threaten to expel a man from a country who is the citizen of a city whose builder and maker is God.
You can’t threaten to imprison a man who has been set eternally free.
You can’t even threaten to kill a man whose life is hidden with God in Christ.
These were the thoughts that filled my heart as I looked around the packed out room full of believers yesterday. The adults lined the walls of the living room in rows and the kids filled the space in the middle. The occasion was the celebration of the resurrection of Christ. Six were baptized. The crowd of 61 was the largest gathering of believers that any of the nationals present had ever seen. We were amazed at what God has done!
As I look around with my minds eye I can see my closest friend who I love dearly who I know is in the process of losing her earthly family. I hear one of the pastors, who is a husband and father of 3 preach who had been fired from his job as a manager of a bread factory when the boss found out. I looked down at the note in my hand asking for some groceries written to me by one old man whose wife had divorced him after she found out about his faith and left him with their three teenage kids. I hear another of the pastor preach who has stood before police and judges as a prisoner in his own country for the crime of evangelizing openly and boldly. I see another brother give his testimony with a giant smile. He had trained in Libya for holy war with a branch of ISIS. Now, as a Christian, he had neighbors threaten his life with a sword just a month ago.
The faces in the room, however, didn’t reflect a fear of threats. They reflected the joy of Paul’s triumphant statement, “If God is for us who can be against us?” Romans 8. I am humbled. I am blessed. We serve an AWESOME GOD!