People ask all the time what my favorite verse is in the Bible. There are so many to choose from but if I had to pick one it would be Romans 8:18, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” During the hardest times in my life I CLING to this verse.
But when I think of what words of Scripture are most precious to me, it would have to be this: But God. These have long been my absolute favorite words in the Bible. And I see I’m not alone. Just this last Sunday Shawn (our preacher) mentioned those two words in his sermon as well. Google these two words and multiple postings, including many blogs, pop up.
For being two small little words, only 3 letters a piece, they are very powerful words. What they say again and again in the Bible is: man does _________ (which is usually something selfish, hurtful, stupid, etc.); BUT GOD __________ (fixes it, works it all for our good and His glory, hits us upside the head with a 2X4 so we understand, etc.). How can anyone NOT love that?
For example…I was running away from God and his enemy. I was literally shaking my fist at him…but God loved me, pursued me, called me to Himself.
14 Like sheep they are laid in the grave;
Death shall feed on them;
The upright shall have dominion over them in the morning;
And their beauty shall be consumed in the grave, far from their dwelling.
15 But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave,
For He shall receive me. Selah
I am mortal and I will one day die…But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave.
29 Now when they had fulfilled all that was written concerning Him, they took Him down from the tree and laid Him in a tomb. 30 But God raised Him from the dead.
Jesus’ earthly body died on the Cross, But God raised Him from the dead.
7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
We might lay our life down for another, but only if we feel like they are worthy…But God died for us – worthless, angry, sinful worms.
1 Corinthians 10:13
13 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.
We are tempted and fail repeatedly…but God is faithful to help us either escape or bear the temptation.
26 My flesh and my heart fail;
But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
We will rot and die…But God will redeem us forever!
I fail and fall repeatedly…But God
I hurt others and am selfish…But God
Satan attacks and tempts us…But God
I mean, how can you not LOVE this? It reminds me again and again…it is NOT me. None of it. Nothing I do. It is ALL God. He is sovereign, He is faithful, He is in control. And all I can say is Thank God! If my faith was left up to me I would stumble before I finished typing this blog post, mostly likely before I finished typing this sentence. But God is faithful to the end.
No matter what happens in my life, when I’m down, or disappointed, or I fail, I cling to these two little words….BUT GOD.