My grandson is at that age where everything is a question. Every answer I give in response to his question he counters with, “But—“
Our lives are full of ‘buts.’ Every thing we do has consequences, whether good or evil.
Thankfully, God also has “buts” because sometimes I can mess up pretty bad! About the time satan thinks he has taken me down, God interrupts with “but.”
As benign as they seem, “But God” are two of the most important words in the scripture. The phrase, “but God,” appears 44 times in the King James Bible. The next time you think you can’t make it, can’t get over it, can’t work with it, can’t do without it, remember “but God.”
“But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
“But God is rich in mercy” (Eph. 2:4)
“You meant evil against me but God meant it for good.” (Genesis 50:20)
“–The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart.” (I Samuel 16:7b)
God created us for relationship, sin entered the picture BUT God sent His only son to die for our sins (John 3:16) so we can once again, have relationship.
The next time you find yourself in an impossible situation, pause for a moment, God has a “but” to change things around in your favor. It sometimes takes awhile for us to realize it, BUT God has made a way.
Prayer: Father, thank you for making a way out of trouble. Even messes that I get my ownself into, when I turn the circumstances over to you, in time, in your sovereignty, you work it to my good. I love you. Thank you for always being there for me. Amen.
Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Ephesians 2:4-5 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved
Genesis 50:20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.
I Samuel 16:7b“–The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart.”
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.