So, what is my favorite phrase in the Bible?
2 simple words.
When I was younger, I was famous for trying to have the last word. My Mom would always say “no BUTS, Katie.” Because whatever she had said…I would completely dismiss with those 3 little letters.
B u t.
That little conjunction means regardless of what you just said, I have a different opinion. I have a different perspective.
And as a 12 year old girl talking back to her mother, it was disrespectful.
However, those same 3 letters contain a whole lot of power when it is grouped with another 3 letters.
G o d.
(In fact, everything contains a whole lot of power when paired with GOD!)
Let’s take a peak into this power-packed phrase and see how it changes everything.
You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. -Genesis 5:20
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible. -Matthew 19:26
But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. -Romans 5:8
But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved). -Ephesians 2:4-5
Regardless of who we are, where we’ve been or what we’ve done, God steps in with a ‘but’ and has the last word.
His ‘last word’ says nevertheless, however, in spite of…BUT GOD….and it changes absolutely anything and everything that happened prior. The result is completely different. The perspective is completely changed. The outcome is entirely altered because of those 2 words.
Thank you, God, that You have the power and the desire to change the outcome of our life, the contents of our heart, and the possibilities that we now have….simply because YOU had the last word. We are eternally grateful that You sent Your Son so that each one of our stories could have a different ending. Amen.