“In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”
It isn’t hard for Christians to have a defeatist attitude in life. After all, much of the world despises us for what we stand for and hold dear. Life can make us feel beaten down and discouraged.
If the truth be told, many Christians think that being a Christian should make us immune to the troubles and tribulations of life. And yet St. Paul reminds us of a litany of trials that Christians could expect to face – most of which we in America have, by God’s grace, not felt in the extreme, while Christians in other parts of the world have to this day.
But Jesus did not promise us a rose garden. In fact, He was not going to make false promises of fame and fortune to those who would take up their cross and follow Him. Instead, he said: “In the world you WILL HAVE tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
Does that make us losers? Maybe in the eyes of the world, but in the eyes of God we are winners. No, we are conquerors! Despite what we may be going through, despite what battles we fight, despite anyone who tries to defeat us, we have already been assured not only of the Final Victory, but of victory even now – over the devil, the world, and our sinful flesh.
Paul assures us boldly that “in (not apart from, but in) all these things we are (present tense) more than conquerors (“we overwhelmingly conquer” – NASB).” Not in or by my power or strength, but solely through Him who loved us, Jesus. The cross looked to the world like utter defeat, but it was Christ’s overwhelming victory for us. “Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Cor.14:57).
Lord, thank you that in a world of trials and trouble, you have given me the overwhelming victory of faith. Amen.
Contributed by Rev. Paul Peckman