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If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? Romans 8:31-32

A lot of us grew up with a God we thought was impatient with us, displeased with us, disappointed in us, even angry at us – not a God who was for us.

How we view God and think he views us has a huge impact on how we do life. God wants us to know that he is for us, not against us.

– He wants the very best for us
– He’s not out to get us
– He’s seeking our good
– He loves us and yes, even likes us

According to Scripture, God loves us so much that he gave up his very life for us on the cross – paying the price for our sins so that we could be in an unhindered relationship with him. He held nothing back.

This kind of relentless, relational, sacrificial love makes everything else pale in comparison.

Money isn’t for us. Pleasure isn’t for us. Time isn’t for us. Power isn’t for us. Status isn’t for us. Achievement isn’t for us. Ease isn’t for us.

None of those things care about us or even know that we exist. Yet we so readily place our trust in them.

Where our trust is determines where our worship goes. And so these inanimate things actually become our gods, even though they can never satisfy us. We set our hope on them. We give our love to them. And they’re completely indifferent to us.

When we see God as a good father – someone who knows us, loves us, and wants the very best for us – it changes everything.

How do you view God? How was he presented to you growing up? Who have you known who was really *for* you? Now multiply that times a billion and you’ve got God.

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Author: Dave Mierau (Meer-oh)

Christ follower, family man, lifelong learner.

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