Don’t you just love it when good triumphs over evil?! Isn’t it great when the wicked fall into their own pit?
“Whoever digs a pit [for another man’s feet] shall fall into it himself, and he who rolls a stone [up a height to do mischief], it will return upon him.”
Proverbs 26:27 (AMPC)
I have always loved the story of Joseph (Genesis 37-50). Sold into slavery by his brothers and later sentenced unjustly to prison, Joseph never lost his faith. He knew God could pull him out of anything and eventually, not only did God get Joseph out of prison and slavery, but He gave Joseph favor and raised him up to second in command to Pharaoh!
“Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]–” Ephesians 3:20 (AMPC)
Then, years later when there was a famine in the land, Egypt was prepared (because God had given Joseph foresight and wisdom). At their end, Joseph’s brothers came to beg for food and refuge. They had to beg this from Joseph, though they did not recognize him (assuming he would have died years ago). When Joseph revealed himself (and once their father (Jacob) had died), his brothers feared for their lives. But instead of using his power and authority to condemn them, Joseph delivered one of the most profound thoughts in scripture when he said, “What you intended for evil, God intended for good.” WOW!
When our second pregnancy sadly ended in the loss of the baby I was carrying in February of 2011 Satan was very pleased with himself. I have known for years that God has called me into a full-time ministry (though I do not yet know the full form that will take), and I have no doubt Satan thought that this loss would be a sure setback and would halt, if not completely derail my progress, growth, and influence. I must say I had often wondered myself what I would do if ever faced with such a situation. But God…oh how those words thrill me and give me chills! BUT GOD – have two more powerful words ever been joined together to bring about such a powerful union? BUT GOD – what can possibly stand against that phrase? There are instances in scripture where it appears in one sense or another and as soon as it does all other things come to a screeching halt! Nothing that came before carries any weight. Regardless of what the previous verses held, something big is about to happen and all things are going to change! But God!
Have you had a “BUT GOD” moment in your story? Are you in the midst of it right now? No matter what your current struggle now can be your “BUT GOD” moment if you’ll give it to Him and stand on His promises. What have people said about you? What have people done to you? What have you done to yourself? Stop right now, and claim the power of “BUT GOD” over your life, and today can be the beginning of all that follows a “BUT GOD”encounter!