Blessed Assurance!

June 29, 2021

32 He did not even spare his own Son but offered him up for us all. How will he not also with him grant us everything?

Romans 8:32

Written by Betty Wiseman from the Brentwood Campus

It has been eight years since I received the call from my doctor that rocked my world. I had waited three days for the results of a series of tests. “Betty, the biopsy shows you have cancer in your breast.” The only other words of that phone call I heard were “I have made an appointment for you with a surgeon.” My world came crumbling down. My life flashed before my eyes. I had cancer! Today, I am thinking about that moment, the call, and the journey that followed as I complete this assignment.

Romans 8:32 is a verse that can sustain you in any and every circumstance of life. If you fully grasp it, this truth will give you blessed assurance on sunny days, as well as in the “storms of life” that are sure to come your way. The emphasis this week is on the “security of the believer.” We do not need to fear the past, the present, or the future because we are secure in the love of Christ. “If when we were sinners, God gave us His best, now that we are God’s children, will He not give us all that we need?” Read that again, and again, and again. I did when I got that call eight years ago! It, along with other scriptures, became my “life-line.”

God has already done the hardest thing when He gave up His only Son. In contrast to Abraham who was permitted to spare his only son, God did not spare Jesus. Everything else He does is easy in comparison, like parting the Red Sea and raising the dead to life. Giving you and me “all things” in and through Himself is nothing for God. If God did the greater (gave His Son), will He not also, along with Him, do the lesser, give us all things, all that we really need to be conformed to the image of His Son? God graciously gives us things that are good for us, like depending on Him when something is not going right in our bodies, in our jobs, our homes, our relationships. Things like hope in Him when our circumstances are anything but hopeful. Like assurance of an eternity with Jesus. Like peace in the midst of a cancer journey.

Jesus used this same argument trying to convince people that it is foolish to worry and fear. God cares for the birds and sheep, and even the lilies; surely, He will care for you. God deals with us on the basis of grace. He is God, and everything is in and through His abundance of grace and love. He freely gives all things to His own! That’s Us— that’s You—that’s Me! Think about this truth—the depth of God’s love towards us is the ultimate gift of grace for all who trust in the Son. Amazing Love! Amazing Grace! Amazing Truth! Amazing God!

I have been digging through my cancer journal, my writings, scripture highlighted in my Bible, revisiting my thoughts and experiences from that journey eight years ago. Tears come in a spirit of gratitude for His faithfulness, goodness, grace, and healing. Today, I remain cancer free! “Praise God from whom all blessings flow!”

Questions to Ask Yourself

  1. What are you facing today that is rocking your world?
  2. Where have you turned in the midst of your storm?
  3. Do you believe God will take care of you?
  4. Read it, claim it, and thank God for the truth of Romans 8:32.

Missions Prayer
Pray for our local partner ministry, Project Connect Nashville. Pray for those engaged with their courses, Faith and Finances, and Work Life. These courses seek to redeem work, stewardship, and relationships through the impact of the gospel. Pray for the group leaders, and the students.

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