No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us (Romans 8:37).
Some days I feel like a conqueror; some days I feel like the conquered. The “things” that Paul mentions—persecution, famine, peril, sword, and all the rest—are ever so much tougher than anything I’m likely to face today, even though it is Monday, and we did just set the clocks ahead an hour.
Three words to notice this morning: are, through, loved.
Are: Do you notice that God doesn’t say that we feel like conquerors? He says we are. The Lord of the Universe knows our emotions—he created them. He knows the power they have to motivate us to goodness; he also knows the power they have to confuse, to distract, to deceive us. We say, “I feel.” God says, “You are.”
Through: When God first sent the Israelites into the Promised Land, they balked. The enemies they saw were too many, too big, and too fierce, and they refused to go fight them. So God rebuked his people, telling them they would stay in the desert for the rest of their lives, and their children would take the land. At this, the Israelites had a change of heart and went up to battle—against God’s instructions. They got whipped. Of ourselves, we are alone, small, and afraid. Through Christ, living in His power, we are unstoppable.
Loved: We always seem to end up here, don’t we? He loved us enough to give his Son. That redeeming love has brought us into his family, made us his in ways that we can never fully grasp. He has conquered sin and death—past tense, even though it may not always feel that way—through and because of his great love for us. For you. If you are his, you conquer with him.
You are a conqueror.
Wrap yourself in his love and charge into your Monday, Beloved.