Today’s Reading - Romans 8
28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. . . . 31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? - Romans 8:28, 31
So many verses to choose from in this signature New Testament chapter. I chose these two because they are two verses we all need to live into as we leave behind a very difficult 2020 and head into a new beginning, a new year, 2021. At least on the calendar anyway. These two verses shift our focus. We cannot do anything about the events of 2020. They are done and behind us. Their effects linger on. But what we can do is choose what we will dwell on and who determines our focus. These two promises help create a mindset that will better position us for a better year ahead. God is working for our good whether we can see it or even begin to understand it. God is with us whether we sense his presence or see him moving in our midst. Faith requires us to believe without wavering that God is working on our behalf and he will never leave us nor forsake us. He is for us. Our faith all requires us to believe that God is all powerful and all the forces of evil cannot prevail against us. It is easy to want tangible evidence. Faith says we believe in what we cannot see. So on this second day of 2021, let’s agree together we are believing God is working for our good and that He is with us and fighting for us. He will win the battle.
Heavenly Father, give us strength to believe you are in control and that one day we will fully understand. Go before us with power and strength and work on our behalf. Show yourself to be who you say you are. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.