"Rather With Than Against"
June 8, 2011
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31
The other day I had the opportunity to meet a newly graduated Navy SEAL.
A young man -- not too tall, and without an ounce of excess fat on his trim body -- shared how he was going to be given some extra training, and then he would be posted somewhere in the Mid-East.
When I observed that his family, friends and just about everybody was justly proud of him and his organization, he smiled.
Since it doesn't sound very Navy SEALish, I won't tell you the lad actually blushed.
Even so, I had guessed correctly: the young man was accustomed to hearing complimentary comments like those I had offered. I hope most SEALS get a steady diet of praise like that which Pam and I heaped on the young man.
Did I get carried away? I suppose so.
But why not? Robin Hood was supposed to have been a wizard with a bow and arrow, but he has to take a backseat to the SEALS' sniper work against the Somalian pirate-kidnappers. Pecos Bill may be the Old West's ultra-cowboy, but he's a tenderfoot compared to the SEALS' successful roundup which took place at the bin Laden compound in Pakistan.
Having said that, one thing is clear: we would rather have a SEAL consider himself our friend over being our enemy.
I say that because having a SEAL as a friend would offer many advantages. A SEAL could fend off bullies. He could offer protection, show us how to protect ourselves, keep us safe.
Which, I imagine, is the point St. Paul was making when he wrote to the Christians in Rome. The apostle said that when God is for us, who can be against us?
When Satan, not Somalian pirates, kidnapped us from the home of our loving Father, Jesus came to our rescue. When death, not bin Laden, had terrorized our souls, Jesus' resurrection showed us that all who believed on Him would be more than victors.
With Jesus on our side, nothing ... nothing in all creation can separate us from God's love.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, I give thanks for all You have done for me. When I am weak, You make up for my many deficiencies. When I am helpless, You are strong. When I feel alone, You assure me You are with me. May I show my appreciation by sharing with others the joy which comes to those who know God is for them. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries