From Ben – 12 July 2020

As I came to have my morning devotional time on Friday, I was feeling a little heavy and down because of a tough situation within our church family. I asked the Lord to encourage me and uplift my heavy heart. I was drawn to a single verse – Romans 8:32 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.

Basically God, in this wonderful passage, is reminding us that He has demonstrated His love and keeping power, by publicly demonstrating to us the depth of His love and grace. If He did not withhold His one and only Son, but willingly gave Him up for us, surely He will now not withhold any blessing from us. This is an argument from the greater to the lesser. If He gave us Jesus, then we can be certain that His love will not withhold anything from us.

How wonderful to know that in Christ, and because of His finished work on the cross, that there is nothing He will withhold from us. That is not to say that we will get everything we ask for or want. Only too often we set our hearts on things that ultimately prove to be bad for us, yet we can trust Him that in His wisdom and grace, He will not withhold from us what is best.

The greater context of this comforting promise of God’s provision, is about God’s ultimate long-term protection of us, promising that nothing will ever separate us from His love. I found this promise comforting and uplifting, and I came away from my morning devotion uplifted and encouraged, repeating the words, He will not withhold anything good from me today.

Thank you, Lord for Your promise and love.

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