Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Ephesians 2:4-5

But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),

You know you’re in for something when you read the phrase “But God” in Scripture. The previous verses pounded us with the knowledge that we were once slaves to Satan, dead in our trespasses, corrupt, and deserving of God’s anger.

But God loved the world so much that He sent His son, even when our best deeds were like filthy rags in His presence.

But God, even when we were dead – deservedly so as we walked in transgression – made us alive in Christ through unmerited grace.

But God, even though He is omnipotent – controlling the entire universe – is working all things together for your personal good.

What “but God” is at work in your life today? Maybe you are weary, worn, and beat down by the world, but God is your refuge and strength – your ever present help in time of trouble. Maybe you are at a crossroads with no clue which way to go, but God is directing your path and making your way straight. Maybe your life is filled with trials and tribulation but God is using your life to shine a light in the midst of darkness. Maybe things are perfect in your life, but God is using your joy for His glory and not your own.

No matter what, He is working your life according to His purpose. Praise his name for His rich mercy, great love, and grace which saves us to a greater purpose now as well as eternal life with Him in the future.


  1. I REALLY like the "but God" idea. Also , I need to focus on the "God has a purpose for us TODAY, not just "eternity. Our eternal life begins NOW. Yay!!!!!!

  2. I have had so many "but God" moments in my life in the last year that I am so thankful for. Thank you God for your mercy and grace that I am so undeserving of, but you love me anyway.

  3. Awesome way to put it, Carol Anne. If it wasn't for God we would be hopeless... forever.

    God bless you and your GMG group as you keep on keeping on!