by Ronald H. Matthews

God Is for Us
Ronald Matthews
Romans 8:35-39

The movie Titanic has touched the emotions of many. I found one of the most moving scenes to be this final shot of the victims of the Titanic, swimming, struggling in the icy waters of the North Atlantic, reaching out for anything that might save them. Those faces and their struggle reflect the desperation of our species in the struggle of life.

The fact is that whether it be in some horrible accident or in the still of the night while lying peacefully in a warm bed; someday, somewhere, someway, death will come calling me and you. The poignant call from the lifeboat, "Is anybody out there?" sends a shudder through our soul. It reminds us of how fragile life is and how quickly and sometimes violently it is snatched away. It raises the age old existential questions: Why am I here? Where am I going? And, as for God, Is anybody out there, up there, anywhere?

Where is God in such a time? Does the church have anything to say to the world? Such questions are often asked by those who struggle with the sin, the evil and senseless pain and suffering that is drowning our world. Is anybody out there? Does anyone care? The Apostle Paul wrestled with such questions and offers us an answer. . . (read scripture)... (PROJECT SCRIPTURE TEXT HERE) There it is! That not only sums up the message of Paul, but it pretty much sums up the entire Christian gospel. (Jesus never takes his eyes off us. God's love is irrevocable). God is for us and nothing can separate us from that love. There's not a lot left to say, except for the questions--except for the pain. IF GOD IS FOR US, WHY DOES IT SEEM THAT SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE TO SUFFER? IF GOD IS FOR US, WHY IS THERE SO MUCH EVIL IN THE WORLD?

Where was God's love when a little child was beaten to death by his stepfather? Where was God's love when a beautiful and promising young girl is brutally raped and murdered and then has her body maimed and disfigured by some sorry excuse ...

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