Earlier this morning I was viewing a movie trailer (August: Osage County) and just before I closed the window, near the end of that clip, I heard the line:
Thank God we can’t tell the future; we’d never get out of bed.”
I’ve heard that line (or other similar lines) so many times through the years… and, sadly, I think I always heard and internalized its unspoken ending. “Thank God we can’t tell the future; we’d never get out of bed [because it’s only going to be bad or because it’s not going to end up good].” Strange how sayings come to define our thinking — giving us a cheerful or fatalistic outlook. Obviously, based on how I completed that sentence, mine’s not always been all that optimistic. But God.
Were it not for the But God‘s or the but‘s in Scripture, I don’t know where I’d be today; But God.
Consider some of the But God‘s or but… verses in the Word of God—– these are life defining/life changing—-they have been for me, and they can be for *you* too:
Galatians 1.15 “But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by His grace…”
Galatians 2.20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.
Ephesians 2.4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us,
1Thessalonians 4.8 He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us His Holy Spirit.
1Peter 5.10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
1John 5.5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
So, you know… I would have continued living out and believing and reciting that line: “Thank God we can’t tell the future; we’d never get out of bed.” BUT GOD.
And here’s why: Because of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus and and grace through faith in Him: “… we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” —Romans 8.28-39
We’d never get out of bed… But God.
When I start to give in to believing lies, I must affirm the truth and the enemy’s lies must then end with: But God.