BUT GOD!

Scripture Reading:  Ephesians 2:1-10

“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.” (Ephesians 2:4-6)

“BUT GOD!”  These are two remarkable words.  In the midst of all our troubles, despair, suffering, pain and fear, there is God.  He is the rock we have to stand upon and our hope as we face the future.  Look at what He has done for us!  He made us alive together with Christ, raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavenly places.  He has already done these things for us.  We are secure and we are loved!

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.  For I sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:37-39).  Because we have been made alive together with Christ and raised up with Him and seated with Him in the heavenly places, nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.  Our position is settled; our security is established; we are already seated with Christ; nothing can change these things!

We can now operate out of our seat of stability.  When the storms of life come and we are afraid and overwhelmed, remember these words:  “BUT GOD!”  He will uphold us and lead us through them.  “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through the fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you, for I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior” (Isaiah 43:2,3a).  When we feel as if we are drowning in our troubles, God is with us!

When we are filled with disappointment and grief, remember these words:  “BUT GOD!”  He will give us comfort and peace.  “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).  Yes, in our greatest pain, we can find direction and joy in His presence.  “You make known to me the path of life; in Your presence there is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Psalm 16:11).

When we experience doubt and confusion, remember these words:  “BUT GOD!”  We do not have to be dismayed for He has promised to strengthen us in our weaknesses.  “Fear not,  for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).

Life in this present world is filled with tribulation, uncertainties, and pain.  Jesus said, “I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace.  In the world you will have tribulation.  But take courage; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).  When we face times of tribulation, remember these words:  ‘BUT GOD!”  He will be with us through them and He will deliver us from them, because we are seated with Christ in the heavenly places now!

Lord God, I have seen Your faithfulness time and time again in my life.  When I have faced overwhelming pain and suffering, when I have been afraid and unsure, I hear these words:  “BUT GOD!”  I know that You will strengthen me and help me.  You will uphold me with Your righteous right hand.  Let me find my rest in You.  Let me draw near to Your presence where I will find joy inexpressible and the peace that passes all understanding.

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