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Faith Filled Friday: But God

July 23, 2021

Connie Terpack July 23, 2021

How many times while growing up did you whine to your parents? “But Mommy!” “But Daddy!” The dictionary gives several definitions for the word but. It is a conjunction and can mean otherwise, other than, or except. I used that phrase when I was not getting my way. I think I probably meant it as letting me be an exception or maybe other than. I wanted to go to my high school prom. It was the only dance I ever wanted to go to and it was special. My mother said absolutely not and there was no changing her mind. My dad agreed with her.

Even as a grown-up, there are a few times I have whined “But God” when my prayer was not answered or my feelings were hurt by someone.

I was surprised how many times But God showed up in the Bible. Sometimes it was separated by a few words, but it still got the meaning across. I selected a few verses to give you a variety of examples.

Genesis 31:7 … but God suffered him not to hurt me. [Jacob is talking]

2 Chronicles 20:15 … Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude for the battle is not yours, but God’s.

Psalm 73:26 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.

Psalm 86:15 But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.

Matthew 19:26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

Acts 13:30 But God raised him from the dead:

1 Corinthians 1:27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;

1 Corinthians 2:10-11 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? Even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

1 Corinthians 3:6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.

1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that while were yet sinners Christ died for us.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Ephesians 2:4-5 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

2 Timothy 2:9 Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evildoer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound.

Some of these verses need to be read with the verses before and after them to get the full understanding. I included only what I needed for the “but God” part. I will close with my thought that the ‘but God’ lets us know that the enemy or a mean co-worker does not get the last word; nor does death or disease. I’d like to think there will will always be a but God, a way to escape, like He tells us in 1 Corinthians 10:13.

Please share your But God moment.

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