My husband and I often say three little words to each other. No, not those three words—although we say them, too! We like to tell each other, “I’m for you.”
When my husband says this, he means that he has my back. He’s cheering on all my endeavors, rooting for me to succeed and not to fail. When I say this to him, I want him to know that I’ll fight for him and for us. That his good is my good.
I love hearing Stephen say these words, and I purposefully say them to him. We don’t say them casually. But despite our very best intentions, sometimes we say other words that don’t communicate the same promise. Sometimes we act against, and not for, one another. We don’t always live out of this sense of “for-ness.”
But there is one who does.
MY GOD IS FOR ME
David said, “This I know, that God is for me” (Ps. 56:9). My desire to be for my husband reflects my heavenly father’s promise to be for me. Where I lack the ability to perfectly be for Stephen, God has no such deficiency. He is consistently and eternally for me. He’s for me absolutely.
In his Morning and Evening daily readings, Charles Spurgeon writes:
“It is impossible for any human speech to express the full meaning of this delightful phrase, ‘God is for me.’ He was ‘for us’ before the worlds were made; he was ‘for us,’ or he would not have given his well-beloved son; he was ‘for us’ when he smote the only-begotten, and laid the full weight of his wrath upon him—he was ‘for us,’ though he was against him; he was for us,’ when we were ruined in the fall—he loved us notwithstanding all; he was ‘for us,’ when we were rebels against him, and with a high hand were bidding him defiance; he was ‘for us,’ or he would not have brought us humbly to seek his face.”
I agree with Spurgeon. “God is for me” is a most delightful phrase.
David utters these words with confidence because the truth that God is for us is indisputable. He’s on our side (Ps. 118:6). This transformative truth has at least four implications for my life.
WHEN I KNOW GOD IS FOR ME . . .
It gives me courage. He gives me confidence to be who he calls me to be. I can boldly obey his word. I can run my race knowing he’s at the finish line. He gives me the strength to do the hard things, to do the right things, even when I must do them alone. He’s with me, and for me, and that drives away fear.
It frees me from seeking man’s approval. Honestly, I don’t need it. I don’t have to play any games or perform for anyone. Christ secured my father’s approval of me on the cross. It’s done. I’m free to live for him and for his pleasure, without worrying about how it plays out for others.
It ignites praise, humility, and wonder. How can the almighty God be for a wretch like me? This unfathomable truth humbles me and gives rise to awe and wonder. Who am I to have him on my side? It makes me want to sing. I can’t help but praise him for his benevolence towards me.
It inspires me to be for others. His being for me makes me want to be for others. I want to support others in their faith. I want to champion their holiness. When my Christian brothers and sisters triumph in the name of the Lord, it’s my voice that will be the loudest cheering them on!
WHO CAN BE AGAINST US?
Paul asks “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Rom. 8:31). There’s a freedom from worry that comes with knowing that God is for you. Paul isn’t saying there will be an absence of opposition, but that opposition will be incapable of wrecking our faith. We will believe without wavering.
Knowing God is for us makes us bold believers. It strengthens our faith. And come what may, God is on our side, and that is not good news for our opposition.
My rally cry is “God is for me!” He’s for me. That changes everything. God’s not looking down on us ready to write us off when we fail. He’s for us. He’s cheering us on as we live to and for his glory. He’s supplying the strength to resist our enemy and watch him flee.
He’s hasn’t abandoned us when we wander into the wilderness and can’t find our way back. He’s pursuing us and surrounding us with steadfast love because he’s for us.
My husband and I are for each other, albeit inconsistently, but God is for us in a way that’s never inconsistent. He’s for you. Always. Join me in this rally cry today. May his eternal commitment to you inspire a life that adorns his gospel so others might have the same confidence to cry “God is for me!”
Christy Britton is a wife and mom to four boys. She writes Bible study curriculum for Docent Research Group and serves as the Discipleship Classes Coordinator for Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, N.C. She is an orphan advocate with 127 Worldwide and contributes administratively to bring pastor training opportunities to Africa for Acts 29. You can follow her on Twitter.