More than conquerors – Hope 103.2

More than conquerors

By David ReayMonday 27 Jan 2014LifeWords DevotionalsFaithReading Time: 0 minutes


Read Romans 8:35-39

35 Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship,or distress,or persecution,or famine,or nakedness,or peril,or sword? 36 As it is written,

        “For your sake we are being killed all day long;
           we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.”

37 No,in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death,nor life,nor angels,nor rulers,nor things present,nor things to come,nor powers,39 nor height,nor depth,nor anything else in all creation,will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (NRSV)

When we think about victory and defeat in the Christian life,we often think of victory in terms of having good things happen and defeat in terms of bad things happening. We may equate victory with success,defeat with failure. But we need to redefine these terms if we are to avoid simplistic conclusions.

Paul says we are more than conquerors in life. Not because we avoid hardship or failure or defeat. Rather because we are assured of the good and loving presence of the risen Jesus. Paradoxically,we can experience true victory in defeat,real success in times of failure. This is so because human defeat and failure can drive us to greater dependence on the risen Jesus who is the only source of genuine victory and success.

Being ‘more than conquerors’ is not a matter of flexing our muscles and showing God,others,and ourselves just how mighty we are. It is a matter of facing our all-too-real human weakness and turning to God’s strength. We conquer,but not in the sense of proudly transcending all circumstances. We conquer by facing those circumstances utterly dependent on God.

Victorious Christian living is all about realising our failure to be able to accomplish it on our own. It requires constant doses of blessed helplessness.

David Reay