The Apostle Paul is well aware of trials and suffering in the world. He had experienced much of it himself. He remarked in Romans chapter eight that “the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth”.(vs.22) I look around at my own small congregation, and our circle of family and friends easily seeing many trials we face in this broken world. Then Paul asks an important question that may also be on the lips of many hurting people. “What, then, shall we say in response to these things?” Sometimes it’s hard to know the answer when we are in pain. Yet Paul immediately responds, “If God is for us, who can be against us?”, and uses the truth of God, Himself, “not sparing His own Son, but giving Him up for us all”. That was an act of God seeing and providing for the healing of our deepest need, our separation from Him. Having been brought near to God through His Son, Jesus Christ, he, and we can declare “in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us”.(vs.37) Read all of Romans eight. It is our strength and joy in the midst of all life.