“Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel, for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God’s word is not chained. Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory” (2 Timothy 2:8-10).
The words “but God” are two of my favorite words in the English language. Just imagine if we couldn’t add “but God” after each scenario below. The cold, stressful, uncertain, short days of winter would surely seem all but hopeless to navigate.
The cold weather has arrived and with it brings more pain . . . but God . . .
This time of year brings more stress . . . but God . . .
I’m awaiting more results from, yes, more tests . . . but God . . .
The days are short and the nights are long . . . but God . . .
Each season has the capacity of bringing its own set of woes, if we let it–but God. What a difference these two little words make in our lives! Without those two words, none of us would have any hope.
. . . But God.
Our greatest gift this Christmas season is the reason it exists in the first place. We were given a Messiah–God with us–because the God of the universe saw fit to reach, restore, and to reconcile His creation through the birth and ultimate death and resurrection of His son, Jesus Christ.
Because of Christ, we can say like Paul “. . but God’s Word is not chained. Therefore, I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.” Amen.
Prayer: Father, I pray that we never take for granted the greatest gift of salvation. Help us share Your love for us to those around us to the point that they are unable to resist the precious gift of Your Son as their Lord and Savior. We love You and seek to honor You with our lives, knowing that You are worthy. In Jesus name, amen.
About the author:
Kay Davis lives in Fort Worth, Texas with her husband Ron. They have three awesome daughters and sons-in-law who have blessed them beyond measure with their eight precious grandchildren. For more of Kay’s writings you may visit her blog http://singingbirdcage.blogspot.com that is titled Songbird. She finds solace in writing and prays that God uses it to draw others to Himself.
What if God, through our needs, were able to bring redemption to others?
God can come into any situation in our life and bring calm, peace–even joy! Consider what area you need a “but God…” kind of response to your circumstances. This is Sidewalk Prophets singing, “Hope Is Born This Night.” I hope it blesses you today. -Lisa