It’s a little word that can change everything in a second. It’s responsible for turning points in sentences and some of the most dramatic moments in reality TV. And when you pair it with God, you have some of my favorite verses in the Bible. Just when everything seems hopeless, we see these words: But God.
This month we are going to be digging deep into Ephesians 2:4-5. But before we get to the good news, we need to acknowledge the bad news. We find a grim situation in Ephesians 2:1-3. We were dead in our sins and actively chasing disobedience and wickedness. Like all of mankind since Adam’s fall, we were deserving of God’s wrath because of our sin (Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23). We were without hope and powerless to change our standing before God.
“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.” (Ephesians 2:4–5)
Our spiritual situation was hopeless—but God intervened. We were dead in our sins—but God gave us new life. We couldn’t keep God’s law—but Jesus obeyed perfectly in our place. We couldn’t atone for our sin—but Christ gave His life for us. We deserved death—but Christ conquered death and rose again.
As we look around at a world filled with sin, disease, and difficulty, let’s remember that behind what we can see, there’s a “but God.” We’re hurting, but God is working all things for our good. We’re exhausted, but God will sustain us with His strength. We’re lonely, but God will never leave our side. We’re suffering, but God is preparing an eternal glory beyond our wildest dreams.
No matter what you face this week, remember that “but God” changes everything.
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