Series: “BETWEEN THE LINES: The Inconspicuous Providence of God” by Pastor David R. Stokes
Sunday, July 29th, 2018: “BUT GOD...”
There are two words that appear hundreds of times in the Bible—and they always appear just in time: “BUT GOD…” The late James Montgomery Boice said, “If you understand those two words—’but God’—they will save your soul. If you recall them daily and live by them, they will transform your life completely.”
“But as for you, you meant evil against me; BUT GOD meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.” – Genesis 50:20
“My flesh and my heart fail; BUT GOD is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” – Psalm 73:26
“All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else. BUT GOD is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead.” – Ephesians 2:3-5
Esther chapter three describes the rise and work of a very evil man named HAMAN. He became Xerxes’ Prime Minister—the second most powerful man in the world about 479 B.C. His hatred for the Jews was deeply-rooted and fueled by generational enmity. He planned to do what Adolf Hitler tried to do 75 years ago—exterminate them. BUT GOD had other plans.
- How often do I worry about bad things, only to see how God comes to the rescue?
- Why does God allow bad people to succeed—at least for a while?
- How do we break the chains of generational prejudice and bigotry?