God on our Side
Perhaps, theologically, this is a strange title. The whole emphasis of the gospel is not to make human beings the centre of attention, with God standing by to service our needs; rather, God is the centre of attention and we are called to submit to Him. Yet it is also true that having agreed with God's opinion that we are sinners who deserve to be condemned, we are then justified by His grace; made clean and forgiven.
Wonderfully, God's grace does not stop at the level of judicial pardon: it continues by making us children of God. Therefore God is "for us" because He assumes fatherly responsibility "for us". He supports us, provides for our needs and defends us for His own sake, because we belong to Him. It is His glory which may be compromised if He leaves us unprotected. Therefore believers have every right to expect that God will exercise His sovereign power on their behalf. That does not mean that people who follow Jesus automatically live a trouble-free life, but it does mean that God always has the last word. And that is always for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28).
Of course we must be careful not to use this verse to try to manipulate God. He sovereignly always does what is right, however difficult that may seem to be for us in the process. But we can be totally assured that God will never leave us alone or abandon us to our enemies. Because He has the last word, we must expect that the battles will not be won until their end - however, they will be won. So do not despair, do not be anxious and do not change your course away from God's purpose; because He who calls you is faithful and He will do it (1 Thessalonians 5:24).
© Dr Paul Adams