I am captured by the two-word phrase “but God” in the scriptures. The human narrative is moving along, people going about their business, making decisions and acting on them But God… He steps in and changes everything. He takes responsibility for all of it!
In Gen. 45 Joseph talks with his brothers, those deceitful crooks who sold him into Egyptian slavery, and he says “It was not you who sent me here but God…” He goes on to acknowledge, in chapter 50, “You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good…”
In the 73rd Psalm we have practical realism joined to glorious promise: “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
Wisdom clarifies something for us in Ecclesiastes 5:7. “When dreams increase and words grow many, there is vanity; but God is the one you must fear.”
Make no mistake about this fact stated in Mark 2:7, “Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
We are so guilty of comparing ourselves with ourselves so we come out looking good. “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts.” (Luke 16:15)
Christ lived a sinless life and yielded up that life to pay my sin-debt. He was stone cold dead in the tomb, “but God raised him from the dead!” (Acts. 13:30)
And now Romans 5:8 tells us that “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
We are so guilty of comparing ourselves with ourselves so we come out looking pretty good. “but God knows your hearts.” (Luke 16:15)
What prompted these thoughts was really another magnificent phrase I cam across this morning in Colossians 1:22. “But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation.” Wow! I am Thankful!!