“Behold, I am against thee, saith the Lord of hosts, and I will burn her chariots in the smoke, and the sword shall devour thy young lions: and I will cut off thy prey from the earth, and the voice of thy messengers shall no more be heard.” – Nahum 2:13
We’ve all heard and quoted the scripture in Romans 8:31 that states, “If God be for us, who can be against us“. It’s a very comforting and empowering concept. However, what we rarely (if ever) take into consideration is the alternative. Note that this commonly quoted verse says “if“, that great conditionary term, meaning that there are conditions in which He will be fore you but also there are conditions in which He will not. In fact there are times when God almighty may actually be against us. This is never of His own choosing but rather is a result of our own alignment with that which is opposed to Him.
“Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” – James 4:4
We love to be reminded that God is for us, but hate to think of the possibility that He can actually be against us. Yet over and over in scripture we read accounts of God speaking those exact words to people, priest, kings, and even whole nations. (In Ezekiel 13:20, in Nahum 2:13, in Jeremiah 59:31, and in Nahum 3:5, just to name a few) It is a scary thought to say the least, so what would cause God to literally be against you?
“Behold, I am against thee, O thou most proud, saith the Lord God of hosts: for thy day is come, the time that I will visit thee.” Jeremiah 50:31
It usually comes down to pride. Rebellion to God’s Word and Will, seeking the things of the world, loving to please and serve self over pleasing and serving God these are all rooted in a prideful spirit and they will all make you the enemy of God and cause Him to be against you rather then for you. It is a dangerous and fearful thing to fall into the hands of God when He is not for you, either as an individual or as a nation.
When God is for us no one can be against us victoriously (they will be against us but will not be victorious). However, when God is against us, everyone and everything else eventually will be too (maybe not at first but eventually the devil always turns on his own), and they will be victorious. This is why Israel always fell when God was not for them. Choosing to remove themselves from God’s favor and protection, they fell pray to the enemy they chose to serve over Him. You see, every man will be humbled, either willingly and receive the blessings of humility, or forcefully through the cup of God’s wrath receiving judgment. Either way we will be made to know that He is God, better to acknowledge it in humility now then be forced to realize it in judgment later.
“Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it. And the mean man shall be brought down, and the mighty man shall be humbled, and the eyes of the lofty shall be humbled: But the Lord of hosts shall be exalted in judgment, and God that is holy shall be sanctified in righteousness.” – Isaiah 5:14-16
Know that God truly is a loving God, loving even His enemies to the point of sacrificing all to offer them a way out. But He is also a just God, and “if” (that conditional word) they don’t humble themselves and take His offering, then He must act justly and enact judgment. You see, it is our pride that causes God to be against us and only through our humility will He once again be for us. So choose to humble yourself before God today (in all things) and pray that others, both individually and nationally do the same.
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.” – Romans 5:8-11
“But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.” – James 4:6
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:” – Ephesians 2:8