But God…

But God…

Don’t you love these two words that we see so often in the Bible?  I do.  The word “But” changes everything.  It turns wrong into right.  It flips what’s upside down right side up again.  That’s what I love about the words….”But God”.

Some of the horrible things that happen in this world are simply incomprehensible to our minds.  We know God has given man free will.  We see humans use and abuse their free will every day.  Free will must be very precious to God since He is willing to put up with all of this evil and hate rather than take our free will away.

In the meantime, Satan influences this world and tempts people to use their free will to inflict suffering on others.  He strives for the destruction of what God loves most…..us!

But God……

Those two words mean “Wait until you see what God is going to do about this!”

What is God going to do about all of the suffering in the world?  Has He lost control of the world He created?  Why wouldn’t He intervene and put a stop to it right now?

We don’t have answers to every question but the Bible tells us that God will ultimately put an end to evil.  There is hope.  Things won’t always be as ugly as they are today.

Satan uses pain and suffering to attempt to destroy us.  But God… uses suffering to change His people to become more like Jesus.  Don’t you see it all around us?  Through adversity, many people become more compassionate, humble, caring, generous, even to the point of risking their lives to save the life of someone else.

God weeps with us when we hurt and comforts us by the power of the Holy Spirit.  But God… will not allow suffering to go to waste.  He uses it to debilitate Satan and overturn the effects of evil in this world.  God uses the inevitable pain and suffering for His glory.

The only way our suffering can seem useless is when we turn away from God and lose our faith.  Instead, we ask the unanswerable question of “Why?”  And when we realize the answers are too big for us to comprehend, we choose to believe that God is good and He is in control, even though He doesn’t stop every bad thing that human beings perpetrate.  We trust that God has a future plan that He will bring to fruition.  In the meantime, God accomplishes His sanctifying work in us and our suffering is not in vain.  We become more like Christ and we live in the hope of being with Him forever in Heaven.

But God…..doesn’t even stop there!

When we are strengthened and have become more like Christ, we are encouraged to go and do likewise – help others who are suffering.  We are directed to give them the compassion and healing touch that we received in our dark times.  Thus, God’s healing power is multiplied and ministers to others who may also come to know and trust Him.

What if the pain and suffering causes death – that ultimate enemy over which we have no control?  But God… (there are those words again!) has the final victory over this Enemy of life.   Jesus proved His power over this enemy by rising from the dead three days after He was crucified.  He calls each of us to trust Him and follow Him in faith.  He promises that if we believe in Him, we too will live a resurrected life.

Jesus turned Satan’s powerful weapon of death into God’s marvelous gift of life… eternal life!

Wow!  That’s the ultimate failure of evil and the triumph of good!

 

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Laurie Driesen About Laurie Driesen

Laurie Driesen is a writer, entrepreneur and business owner. Her passion is to encourage and strengthen people's faith by sharing the truth of God's Word through her writing. In her recently published book, Beyond Regret - Living Your Life Purpose in Spite of Past Choices, Laurie shares how God uses our mistakes and detours to lead us into His will and accomplish His true purpose for our lives. Check out her website for more.

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  1. Bettilu Davies says:

    Very good, Laurie. I’m sure this will encourage many readers.

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  2. Laurie Driesen says:

    Thank you Bettilu, I do hope that the truth of God’s Word encourages people during this extremely difficult and painful incident of Las Vegas. Things like this are so hard to understand and our understanding of the truth provides the HOPE we need!

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  3. That last “But God” keeps me going every time! He has the final victory!

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  4. What a wonderful post, Laurie! So true and so needed. We see in a mirror dimly. God sees what we can not.

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  5. Victoria Avila Hughes says:

    Very true and indeed a comfort!

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  6. Laurie Driesen says:

    Yes, He does! And it fills me with hope!

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  7. Laurie Driesen says:

    Thank you Cynthia, I do think people forget that we live in a world that is filled with sinful human beings. We should long for the day when we’ll be with the Lord in Heaven, free from all of this sin!

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  8. Laurie Driesen says:

    It is a comfort, yet I can’t imagine the pain for people who suffer from incidents like Las Vegas. Without God, we would all be in despair!

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