but God

Before I was even born, people have always made predictions about what bad things would or wouldn’t happen to me, but God has always ended up doing something amazing and beautiful to prove them wrong. According to some medical professionals, I was never supposed to make it here. Even after God had His way and brought me into this world, I became sick at a young age and once again my life was in the balance, but God said He had another plan for my life.

The phrase, “but God” is found at least 44 times in the Bible, and it always seems to show that God had something else planned when it looked like there was nothing else. The part of scripture I want to look at is found in Acts 3, where Peter is speaking. Just in 3 verses you will see one of the biggest, “but God” moments in all of history.

The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus. You handed him over to be killed, and you disowned him before Pilate,though he had decided to let him go.

Acts 3:13 speaks on Jesus. Jesus was clearly special to the world – starting with the first moment in time he spent on earth. He was born of a virgin birth. This is the first truly special moment in Jesus’ life on earth. This is when everyone is seeing his birth and already writing it out as another “mistake,” but God had a plan for Jesus and for this virgin birth. He had a plan for this seemingly unplanned event. Even later in His story, when Jesus’ people are giving Him over to Pilate to be crucified, Pilate decided Jesus was innocent, but God had his plan ready since the beginning of time. This single verse tells us that Jesus was the only perfect and literal one of kind person, but God had a plan for Jesus’ pure life.

You disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you.

Acts 3:14 shows how harshly they rejected Jesus. It’s unbelievable that the very people that Jesus was sent to save are the very people screaming for His death. Still, to this day, the people He was sent to save are the very people who are rejecting and rebuking Him. In some versions, it says that they, “disowned” Jesus. The term disowned is defined as, “To refuse to acknowledge as belonging or pertaining to oneself; deny the ownership of or responsibility for; repudiate; renounce.” Even one of His own disciples denied Jesus 3 times before the next morning. All of these people are slandering and rejecting Jesus, but God was still carrying out His plan just as it had been prepared.

You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this.

Acts 3:15 is the verse that sends cold chills through my body. Jesus was handed over to be brutally murdered by the hands of the people He came to save. This is the turning moment of all eternity. The world had killed the one they despised. Hell rejoiced as if evil had won. It seemed hopeless. It seemed like the grave had won. It seemed like evil had triumphed over salvation, but God had another plan. Without, “but God,” we are hopeless forever. I don’t know about you, but I am thankful for this, “but God” moment more than any other.

These verses are about the hope and grace we find through God. Jesus died a sinner’s death for us, but God defeated the grave for us. When we’re faced with trial and problems in life, no matter how big or how small, we should remember there could always be a, “but God” in it. Regardless of who tells you what will happen, no one can stop God from having his plan carried out. Always remember that there was a, “but God” moment that gives you hope to live each day. Also remember, life isn’t going to always be perfect, but God is perfect and is crazy in love with you.

-Cade C. Gibson
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