Belief, But, Change, Good, Happiness, Hope, Jesus, Joy, Powerful, Problems, Rejoice, Situations, Solutions, Trouble

There is a word that is sweeter than honey. There is a word that causes bad situations to have a good ending. There is a word that gives hope when a situation looks grim. There is a word that is a definition of God’s powerful character and His amazing ability to turn around our dismal prospects in life to something hopeful, positive and optimistic. Let us now give a standing ovation to the word in question. “But” will you please step forward. This is the word that puts a whole other prospect on life and the crazy situations it can put us through. This is the word that defines God amazing awesomeness over and over again.

Lets look at a bit of background information on this word “But”. But can be used as a conjunction, a preposition an adverb and a noun. For the purpose of this post however we are looking at “But” in its role as a conjunction. So what is a conjunction then? Why is “But” so powerful as a conjunction? According to the Oxford Dictionary a conjunction is defined as the action or an instance of two or more events or things occurring at the same point in time or space. Is this not the power of almighty God in its truest sense? The ability to cause two events to occur within the same situation at the same time. This is where an otherwise hopeless situation turns into something filled with hope and opportunity. Let’s look at how God has been injecting “buts” into dead situations all through the ages.

1. Noah must have felt hopeless as he looked around at the depth of sin and darkness that was upon the face of the earth but God intervened with a plan. Genesis 6:8 – “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.”

2. Abram and Sarai thought that they would never have a child to be their heir but God intervened with a plan. Genesis 11:30 – “But Sarai was barren; she had no child.”

3. Joseph must have felt surely this is the end, there is no escape for me from this prison but God intervened with a plan. Genesis 40:23 – “Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat him.”

4. The Israeli mothers must have been in dire anguish when the command went out to kill all their firstborn sons but God intervened with a plan. Exodus 1:17 – “But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men children alive.”

5. As the children of Israel saw Egypt’s mighty army approaching fear must have gripped them when they saw a vast sea in front of them and no humanly visible way of escape but God intervened with a plan. Exodus 14:29 – “But the children of Israel walked upon dry land in the midst of the sea; and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.”

6. When the centurion’s servant whom he loved was on the verge of dying he believed Jesus could heal his servant and Jesus did not disappoint He intervened with a plan. Matthew 8:8 and Matthew 8:13 – “Matthew 8:8 – The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.’ ‘ Matthew 8:13 – And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour. ‘

7. When the three Hebrew boys were summoned by king Nebuchadnezzar to bow down and worship the false image or face death God intervened with a plan. Daniel 3:18-25 – “But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up. Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: therefore he spake, and commanded that they should heat the furnace one seven times more than it was wont to be heated. And he commanded the most mighty men that were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace. Then these men were bound in their coats, their hosen, and their hats, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. Therefore because the king’s commandment was urgent, and the furnace exceeding hot, the flame of the fire slew those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.  And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellers, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king. He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God. ”

8. When our foreparents sinned in the garden of eden and plunged this whole world into sin and the prospect of eternal death God intervened with a plan. John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

These individuals are no different from us today and just as God intervened with a “But” in their situation, He can intervene a “But” in ours.

Let us trust our lives with the One spoken of in Ephesians 3:20 – “Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,”

*** All Bible texts quoted above are from the King James Version, unless referenced differently.

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