Summary: If I were to choose a Scripture to sum up the believer’s life, it would be this one. It combines an intense realism with an amazing assertion of victorious optimism.
Yet In All These Things Romans 8:35-37NKJ
5-year-old Johnny was in the kitchen as his mother made supper. She asked him to go into the pantry and get her a can of tomato soup, but he didn’t want to go in alone: “It’s dark in there and I’m scared.” She asked again, and he gave the same answer. She smiled and said, “It’s OK – Jesus will be in there with you.” Johnny walked hesitantly to the door and slowly opened it. He peeked inside, saw that it was dark and started to leave…and then an idea came to him and he asked this question: “Jesus, if you’re in there, would you hand me a can of tomato soup?”
If I were to choose a Scripture to sum up the believer’s life, it would be this one. It combines an intense realism with an amazing assertion of victorious optimism.
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” 37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
E. Stanley Jones wrote: Note the word, “Yet.’ The test of any system is not what is does with the spiritual life, but with the material.”
Yet in all these things... The Hindu’s phrase is, “Beyond all these things.” The Muslim says, “Accommodation to all things.” The Buddhist says, “Disillusionment with all these things.” The Communist says, “Through all these things.” The Materialist says, “By all these things.”
However, as followers of Christ, we don’t ignore these ‘things’ moreover; we won’t be blinded by them either.
Paul is opened-eyed and frank to say, “Yes, I see the difficulties that come from distress, persecution, hunger, nakedness, danger of the sword, from death, from life, from things present, from the future- yet in all these things, or in the middle of all these things we are more than conquerors.”
One man said, “Reality continues to ruin my life.”
Romans 8:35-37TM Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture: They kill us in cold blood because they hate you. We’re sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one. None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.
In Christ Jesus, you are more than conquerors! This is a compound Greek word, which means to over-conquer, to conquer completely, without any real threat to personal life or health.