Cheering Us On
31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? 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 then is the one who condemns? No one. 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.
The Pan Am games are underway in Toronto and it has been exciting to see the host country doing well in the medal standings. The host country has the advantage of having the most fans cheering them on. For an athlete who is visiting a different country, it must be nice when they look into the crowd and recognize a flag from their home country. Call it national pride; it motivates them to do their best for themselves and for their country.
As a follower of Christ, we are not in the stadium or arena of an opponent. In football, they call the crowd the 12th man. The crowd can be so loud that they make it more difficult for the opposing team to communicate to each other. We are not facing a hostile crowd. The Bible says that if God is for us, who can be against us? God is on our side and wants the best for us. If we remember that God is for us, it will help reduce our insecurities on pleasing Him. He is cheering us on and wanting us to succeed.