But God... {Verses of Hope}

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

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Life can be like tumbling down a waterfall. One plunge after another with no time to catch your breath. Hardships can suck you under and make you lose hope. Sometimes there are seasons in life when you stand up after one disappointment only to tumble again into another. If you are in one of those seasons like I have been you know what I am talking about. You begin to question what in the world is going on. You wonder if there is something wrong with you. You ask yourself if you can really hold onto hope.

I recently finished reading The Bible in 90 Days. One of the types of verses that kept jumping off the page for me were the "But God" verses. Bleak situations turned into hope simply because God intervened. When God shows up the story changes. The bad is used for good. The weak become strong. The lost are redeemed. The more I read the more I was filled with hope...the more I could see that God is a God of intervention who is willing to step into a story to change the ending. We never know how He will use the dismal parts of our lives for His glory and our good. So here's a quick look at just some of the "But God" verses...

You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. Gen. 50:20

David stayed in the desert strongholds and in the hills of the Desert of Ziph. Day after day Saul searched for him, but God did not give David into his hands. I Sam. 23:14

But God will redeem my life from the grave; he will surely take me to himself. Ps. 49:15

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Ps. 73:26

To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in forever. But you brought my life up from the pit, O Lord my God. Jonah 2:6

With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible. Matt. 19:26

The boy looked so much like a corpse that many said, "He's dead." But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up. Mark 9:26-27

You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. Acts 3:15

Because the patriarchs were jealous of Joseph, they sold him as a slave into Egypt. But God was with him and rescued him from all his troubles. Acts 7:9-10

Very rarely  will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Rom. 5:7-8

But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. I Cor. 1:27

Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ's physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation. Col. 1:21-22

We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. Titus 3:3-5

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1 comment:

Horace Williams Jr. said...

Thank you for this post Debbie! I am so encouraged when I hear from God in His word! Even more so His promises because He does not lie. I am humbled by the fact that the Creator loves me and has saved me forever once I trust in Him. May God continue to bless you in all that you do! Thank you again for sharing