But God…

“But Daaa-dddddy” ranks as one of the all-time great whines.

“But God” ranks as the all-time great hope.

Think about it.  Can you conceive any dilemma for which there is no possibility of intervention from God?  Can you conjure up the image of any burden that God is inadequate to carry for you?  Can you imagine any sin for which God is powerless to offer a solution?  Neither can Scripture.

A quick search through the concordance of my Bible yields the fascinating finding that some 40 times, God intercedes in the circumstances of life with His divine, hope-giving, “But God.”  Here are some of them:

  • Forty days (and nights) it rained.  And then it was quiet for 150 days.  And there floated Noah, his wife, their three sons, and their wives.  And lots of animals.  They were all alone (it seemed). But God remembered them — and caused the water to subside (Gen. 8:1).
  • Abraham was 100.  Sarah was 90.  How could they possibly have children?  It was so laughable Abraham did.  But God spoke:  “Sarah will bear a son…” (Gen. 17:19).
  • A favored son and a hated brother was Joseph, so his brothers took care of him by selling him into slavery.  The intention was for evil, But God meant it for good… (Gen. 45:8; 50:20).
  • Saul had violated his position as king, so God removed him and anointed David as the new king.  That didn’t sit to well with Saul, however, so he commenced to chasing David around the countryside, attempting to kill him.  “But God did not deliver him into his hand” (1 Sam. 23:14).
  • “My flesh and my heart may fail, But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” (Ps. 73:26).
  • Jonah whined and moped all the way to Nineveh.  Then God did just what Jonah was worried He would do — He saved all the hated enemies of Israel.  So Jonah went out of the city to a place where he could watch it and sulk.  And in the heat of the day, a plant grew up to protect him from the sun.  But God appointed a worm to attack the plant the next morning, causing the plant to wither (Jonah 4:7).  [Aren’t you glad God doesn’t allow you to contentedly remain living in the bitterness of your sin? ]
  • The fact of my sin makes me one Person:  an enemy of God.  “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8).
  • An enemy of God I was.  Dead in my trespasses and sins I was.  “But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,…made us alive together with Christ…” (Eph. 2:4, 5b).
  • And of course the means for making us alive is that in spite of the best plans of the religious leaders, in spite of the schemes of the evil one, in spite of those who placed Him in a tomb, sealed by the Romans and guarded by the same, But God.  “But God raised Him from the dead” (Acts 13:30).

Therein is our hope.  Therein is all our hope, all our joy, all our confidence.  When doom seemed sure and the future seemed lost, God stepped in and effectively said, “I am still Guardian of eternity and all the events in it.  I have a solution.”

So, who is your oppressor today?  What is your dilemma?  Your burden?  Your sin?  Your lack of hope?  Stop in this moment and give thanks.  There is a But God available for you!

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