Posted by: glorifyhim1 | June 12, 2012

But God

Recently, it occurred to me how often we hear the phrase “But  God.” The phrase, however, carries varied connotations. Consider just a few examples.

  • But God, why do you want me to do that? You know how I am!”
  • But God, I’m trying to do what’s right and play by the rules, why did this happen to me?”
  • But God, that person always is so mean to me. This is my chance to get even!”
  • “I really don’t understand, but God, I know You do!”
  • “Things really seem so bad right now. I don’t know what to do, but God I know that You know all things and that You will show me the way.”
  • “I’ve done all that I can and nothing has changed, but God, nothing is too impossible for You. You still perform miracles.

Notice in the first three examples above, the phrase is used to introduce a question, defense, argument, or complaint. In the last three examples, the phrase is used to introduce a statement of trust or faith in answer to a difficult situation. Through the years I have probably approached God in both of these ways at different times and in different situations. And in the process I have discovered yet another “But God” phrase. I may come to God full of questions, maybe even upset and needing to vent, but God never turns me away. He is always faithful to welcome me, to listen to me, and to help me move from where I am to where He wants me to be.

The Bible is filled with many “But God” phrases that reveal God’s activity in the lives of men and women just like you and me. Consider just a few.

  • “But as for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive” (Genesis 50:20).

These words spoken by Joseph to his brothers remind us that God’s good plans cannot be hindered by the intentions of evil people. He can work through even their evil actions to accomplish His good plans.

  • And David stayed in strongholds in the wilderness, and remained in the mountains in the Wilderness of Ziph. Saul sought him every day, but God did not deliver him into his hand” (1 Samuel 23:14).

Although Saul sought David fervently, God protected David and kept him safe. Other Scriptures assure us that God watches over us as well. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1).

  • “Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, ‘The secret which the king has demanded, the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, and the soothsayers cannot declare to the king. But there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets, and He has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days..” (Daniel 2:27-28a).

This Scripture reminds us that our God is an all-knowing God. We can be confident that what we need to know that He will reveal to us.

  • “And He (Jesus) said to them, ‘You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God’” (Luke 16:15)

Jesus taught that God knows our hearts. This can be both convicting as well as comforting. There is no need to try to justify ourselves before any other person. Neither is there any need to try to defend ourselves before God because He fully knows the intentions within our hearts.

  • “Now when they had fulfilled all that was written concerning Him, they took Him down from the tree and laid Him in a tomb. But God raised Him from the dead” (Acts 13:29-30).

It all appeared to be over. Jesus died and was buried in a tomb. But God was not finished! Through His power, Jesus became a victor over death. And through Him we also have victory.

  • “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man, but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).

God does not abandon us during our times of trial and temptation. He will be there with us, covering us with His mercy and grace and giving us the power and strength to endure.

These few Scriptures in addition to countless others in the Bible remind us that no matter what situation we face or what we’re going through, we do not have to rely on ourselves or upon our own strength….but God.

But God takes the bad things and works them for our good.

But God reveals secrets and makes all things understood.

But God watches over us, in His protection we can trust.

But God looks upon our hearts, convicts and comforts us.

But God secured our victory through Jesus Christ His Son.

But God is ever faithful, who empowers and strengthens us.

But God…..

What need do you have in your life right now? You may not know what to do, but God can make all the difference!

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