The word ‘but’ is such a powerful word.
It is a conjunction that is used to introduce a phrase or clause contrasting with what has already been mentioned.
“We were losing the game, BUT my teammate made a three point shot that won the game.”
“I was sad and lonely BUT then you came along.” (Boom!)
“My business was on a downturn BUT suddenly sales picked up because of the Christmas season.”
“I was this close to dying BUT God healed me supernaturally.”
“I was lost BUT now found.”
I remember the first time I tried to water ski on a lake.
After a few tries, I was able to successfully do it. One the 5th or 6th try, the speedboat driver told me to hold on. Before I was even able to prepare, I found myself being dragged underwater, swallowing gallons (so it seemed) of lake water.
He then told me to get onto the boat really quick.
Before I had the chance to wring his neck for almost drowning me, he explains that there was a poisonous snake crossing the lake and it was approaching the area where I was.
I was mad BUT when I understood why he did what he did, I turned thankful.
Concurrently, I was supposed to be dead due to a poison bite BUT I was rescued.
“BUT” is a powerful word.
Paul says in Ephesians 2:3-4, “we were by nature deserving of wrath. BUT because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ…”
Because we of our sins, we were enemies of God, deserving punishment, hell and life eternally separated from Him.
BUT BECAUSE OF HIS GREAT LOVE FOR US….
That was the ultimate game changer.
I pray that this truth will never be less than overwhelmed with His great love for me. I pray that same thing for you too.