Glad the hardships of 2020 are behind us…or are they?

July 2, 2021

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

Romans 8:37

Written by Ken Veca from the Brentwood Campus

At this point in the year, we are six months past 2020. Do you remember how many people couldn’t wait to leave 2020 in the past and move into 2021? Each new year brings renewed optimism and a hope for positive change, and this year was no different.

But as I mentioned earlier, we are now halfway through 2021. Has it been everything you expected? Anywhere even close? Just like 2020, major issues continue to dominate the news and affect our country, our families, and most importantly, our lives. From political and social issues to our health and financial conditions, and everything in between, we continue to be bombarded from all directions.

Romans 8:37 simply states, “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” What “things” is Paul referring to? In verse 35, he lists affliction, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, danger and the sword. And just like today, I feel pretty confident there were a lot more issues affecting the people Paul was writing about.

But here’s the good news: we are more than conquerors through him who loved us! Because of God’s love for us, we are able to overcome all the troubles of this world. Pastor Mike reminds us frequently that we are either entering into, going through, or coming out of a storm. The point is that storms will always be present. We will always be facing some kind of trial or persecution. The rest of 2021, and 2022, and 2023, and every year after that will continue to throw us curveballs.

Fortunately for us, when we put our trust in Jesus, there is absolutely nothing that will keep God from loving us completely. And because of His love, God enables us to conquer any situation thrown our way.

Questions to Ask Yourself

  1. Looking back on some of the trials you experienced in 2020, can you identify the times when God carried you through them? Do you recall specifically asking God to help you conquer those trials?
  2. How have some of the trials you have gone through in the past equipped you to help others going through similar trials? We can use our experiences to be an encouragement to others and to tell them about God’s love for them.