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Will He Not Give Us All Things?

Romans 8:32 (ESV) -- He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?

All of my children have experienced the jump-from-the-ledge-into-daddy’s-arms game. They all hated it. Every dad loves to play this game at some point. We stick our children on tall ledges that scare them and we challenge them to jump into our arms. The kids want to jump, but they also feel the height of the drop. Their natural fear kicks in. They don’t want to fall. This exercise is a trust game, and it always brings out the battle that children face. As fathers, it’s hard to believe they don’t jump immediately. We know that catching them offers zero challenge to us. But there is still hesitancy within them.

This idea emerges in our text today. Christians often struggle with trusting God for our basic needs. The Scriptures repeatedly promise God’s provision and help for our needs in life. God doesn’t lie. He always keeps His promises. Yet we struggle. Paul writes to the church in Rome, “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?”

This is an incredible passage. The God who gave up His only Son to die for us, to pay for our sins, will He not give us all other things? It is a rhetorical question. Of course He will! The One who loved us enough to provide the Redeemer for our sin debt will not leave us abandoned. The Father who gave us Jesus isn’t the kind who adopts children only to leave them without their basic needs. We know this once we lay out the argument in front of our faces. But it is in the moment of stress and worry that we often lose sight of this truth. Of course God will provide for our needs; that’s easy. He’s always done the hard thing, so of course He’ll do what’s easy. 

The challenge we face is to remember this each day. Trust that the Father loved you enough to provide Christ for your sins. If He would do that, is there anything else He would hold back from you that you need? Perish the thought. Run to the One today who provides all things, and proved it in our redemption.

Reflection & Journal:
- Why is Paul’s “greater than” to “lesser than” argument in this verse so effective?
- What are some examples of things we trust that God will absolutely provide for us?
- What things today do you need to personally trust Him with in your life?

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