I. Start with the Son
II. Proceed with protection
III. End with everything
Romans 8:31-39 31 What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is
for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but
gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously
give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God
has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is he that condemns? Christ
Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right
hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from
the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or
nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written: “For your sake we face
death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37 No, in
all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,
neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor
depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the
love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
In the name of Jesus Christ, through whom we receive all good things, dear
Did you question God today? Did you wake up with that same severe pain you
have had for weeks and thought “why are you allowing this discomfort in my life, God?”
Did you have a family squabble at home already this morning and you thought “why
can’t you make us all just get along, God?”
Did you hear the account of Abraham being told to sacrifice his long-awaited and
dearly loved son and think “why would you do this to him, God?” Did you listen to the
Gospel for today and think “why would you send your own Son Jesus into the desert to
be tempted, God?”
It is so easy to question God because the sinful nature inside of us is so strong and
so full of itself that it wants us to think we know better than God does. Also, the sinful
world tells us to blame someone else for our troubles and God is an easy target to blame
because he is not physically here with us. (This is the approach many take while using
GOD IS THE GIVER OF ALL GOOD THINGS!
I. Start with the Son
II. Proceed with protection
III. End with everything
social media: say whatever you want about someone because they are not right there).
Like you, there have been times in my life when I have questioned God.
At times like that, it is good to review sections of Scripture like the one in front of
us today and be reprimanded for the times we have questioned God in sinful anger or
doubt and be reassured that we can trust him in all things at all times. We all need the
new person in us, given to us at our baptism, to be soothed and strengthened. So, let
these familiar words of Scripture encourage and teach you that GOD IS THE GIVER OF
ALL GOOD THINGS! To be confident of that, follow these steps: I. Start with the Son
II. Proceed with protection and III. End with everything.
He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he
not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? The greatest gift you and I
have ever received is Jesus! That started with God giving up his own Son. As difficult
as it must have been for God to send him down from the heavens to this earth, he did so
in order that we could have someone to live perfectly under the law because we could
And it must have been even more difficult for God to see his own Son be mocked,
mistreated, maligned and made to suffer and die with the worst of criminals. How would
you feel if that was your son? But that was God’s gracious plan for our salvation so that
we would have someone to suffer our death for sin.
God did this in love for us. Jesus did this in love for us. He was willing to come
into this world, give up his palace in heaven for a stable here on earth, endure the
persecution and the pain, struggle with Satan, submit to death by crucifixion and be
separated from his dear Father in heaven as he suffered hell on earth on Calvary’s hill.
Together the Father and the Son provided what we needed and could not
accomplish for ourselves: forgiveness for all of our sins and a place in paradise. As proof
of that, God the Father raised his Son back to life and received him back into heaven as
the victorious King.
Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? If anyone
tries, they won’t get anywhere because it is God who justifies. That means God has
declared us not guilty of our sins through faith in Christ Jesus and any accusations of sin
will not be heard because Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to
life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Jesus pleads our case
and steps in as our Substitute so we can go free— free from the devil’s control, free from
sin’s curse, free from an eternity in hell!
All good things start with the Son. And because of, and through Jesus, God will
graciously give us all things including protection. If God is for us, who can be against
us?...Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or
persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your
sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No,
in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I
am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the
present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else
in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus
In these two lists, we can see both physical pitfalls and spiritual threats. Which
concern you most— things that may harm your body or things that may harm your soul?
3 Has more of your time and energy been spent on guarding your body against the
coronavirus with mass media messages and medication or protecting your soul against
the attacks of Satan by the power of Scripture and Supper? Do you surround your house
with a security system and your family with the advice and devices to protect themselves,
but do not surround yourself or your family with the armor of God?
Whether physical pitfalls or spiritual threats, both are important and both can
cause death. So, walk away today with every confidence that God has promised to
protect you from both. When you get sick, God has not failed you. This is just a result of
living in a sinful world and God has promised his grace is sufficient to see you through (2
Co 12:9) and the gift of heaven when sickness overcomes you. When you stumble
spiritually and fall into sin, God has not failed you. He says this will happen, but he is
capable and willing to pick you up with his forgiveness, dust you off with his love and
send you on your way with his promises.
We are more than conquerors for we do not need to fear physical death or
spiritual death or eternal death, even though we face them all day long. Through faith in
Jesus, who has met our enemies head on and defeated them, we are champions and
victors! We are heaven-bound, ready to receive the trophy of eternal life!
When we consider these two lists in today’s reading, it is difficult to find anything
the Apostle Paul left out. If he did, then let’s be sure that is covered by God as well. The
Apostle James said it very well: “EVERY good and perfect gift is from above, coming
down from the Father of the heavenly lights...” (Jm 1:17).
So, we are not the richest people in the world, we might not be the happiest or
healthiest, we might not be the most loved or most popular, but we have everything we
need for God is the giver of all good things! God is for us! Who can be against us?
Some people question God in many things— even asking if he really exists— and
it keeps them from believing in him for their forgiveness and salvation. When we are
tempted to question God in sinful doubt and unbelief, it is important to remember
portions of Scripture like this and be reminded that God is the giver of all good things.
As such, we can trust him, even if his ways do not match up with our ways. We can trust
him to fulfill physical needs and to fight with us against spiritual foes. We can trust him
to take care of us now and forever. Nothing will be able to separate us from the love of
God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.