What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us – Romans 8:31.
The word these things refer to God’s purpose. If God has done everything from foreknowledge to glorification for us, all adversaries are powerless. Satan tries to influence us that God has forsaken us, or He doesn’t love us, but God’s love never changes. His love is past, present and future. Weapons may be formed, but they will not prosper against us.
God wants the Fruit of the Spirit to be manifested through us, and sometimes in order for us to produce fruit, we will go through pain, suffering, disappointments, and sometimes lack to produce fruit. The Fruit of the Spirit is, love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance. What we go through is bringing out the best, it’s removing the rough edges in our character and behavior so we can produce godly fruit that will exemplify our Father.
Nothing we go through as Christians is working against us, but for us (And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them, who are the called according to His purpose – Romans 8:28). God works out all things, not just isolated incidents for our good. This does not mean that every thing that happens to us is good. Evil is prevalent, but God is able to turn it around for our long-range good. God is not working to make us happy, but to fulfill His purpose. It may not seem like it’s working for our good at the time, but if we allow God to finish what He’s trying to take out of us, and put in us, we will come to the knowledge that what we went through was for our spiritual growth.
God gave His Son to reconcile us back to Him. He gave us the ultimate gift, the gift of life. The privilege to enter into His family, to be His son or daughter, and He will not withhold anything that would benefit us (According as His divine power hath given us all things that pertain unto life and godliness through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue – 2nd Peter 1:3). The power to grow doesn’t come from within us, but from God. Because we don’t have the resources to live full of “glory and virtue”, God makes us partakers of the divine nature to keep us from sin and help us to live for Him. When we’re born-again, God by His Spirit empowers us with His own moral goodness, His character and behavior. Not only has He given us the power to live godly, but He has given us all things that pertain to life, because He knew although we’re not of this world, we’re living in this world.
God will never forsake His children, and He will supply all of our needs. Many times we get needs mixed up with desires. Every desire will not be given, but our needs will be supplied. God’s love never changes even when we’re going through difficult times. It’s the grace of God and the love of God that empower us to go through difficulty times without blaming God, without losing faith, and without losing our mind. God’s love is unconditional, His love is everlasting!