You know you’re about to get some bad news when what you thought would be a pleasant statement at first is immediately followed by a “BUT”. In as much as you are fond of using it yourself, it’s not really something you’re keen on hearing. As a child and probably up to your teenage years, it’s what you would start with to tell your mom you simply can’t do what she’s asking. She wouldn’t be too happy with you for sure, and you just might end up doing more than she originally planned for you, yet somehow you had hoped for it to be your saving grace.
What if I tell you that it could be the ultimate saving grace, only with God in it? “BUT GOD,” such a short yet powerful phrase, which could also be the sweetest of them all, because GOD MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE. He watches and takes care of you. He guards and protects you, keeping you safe under His wings. He remembers you and in a heartbeat turns things around for you. He swoops in and comes to your rescue. With Him comes salvation in all forms out of His goodness, great mercy, and steadfast love for you.
Undeserving Human, Good God
While it is often too difficult to accept, none of us really deserve anything good, BUT GOD is always good, grants us good things, and works for our good. In this world, we are exposed, vulnerable, and prone to all things evil, BUT GOD has a plan for whatever He allows in our lives and protects us along the way. We may experience hardship and struggles left and right, BUT GOD is faithful to keep His promise that He will never leave nor forsake us.
Much like the word “but” which may connote a negative idea by itself, God’s presence and only by his unending grace is always able to bring forth positivity. Unlike us, God is never intimated or threatened by anything because while we are not, He is in full and total control. He has the power and the authority to keep or to transform. He does not always change our circumstances, sometimes He changes us. He carries us from darkness to light, declares us free from all guilt and shame, and raises us from death to life.
Scriptures on our Sovereign and Faithful God in every circumstance
Below are a few verses that you can keep close to your heart. No matter where you are and what you are going through, remember, BUT GOD. He remains to be who He is – merciful, gracious, sovereign, and ever faithful, despite and even in spite of us.
But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
Nevertheless (but), he looked upon their distress, when he heard their cry. For their sake he remembered his covenant, and relented according to the abundance of his steadfast love.
Indeed he was ill, near to death. But God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
1 Corinthians 15:10
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.
2 Corinthians 12:9
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the livestock that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind blow over the earth, and the waters subsided.
As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.
But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.