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One of my favorite phrases in the Bible is "but God."

The phrase is peppered throughout Scripture. And it makes my heart smile every time I come across one of those verses.

They bring a vertical perspective to my horizontal circumstances.

They remind me that my circumstances are not permanent.

And they proclaim that when my situation appears hopeless, the God of hope is still on His throne.

Check out some of my favorites:

  • "But as for you, you intended to harm me, but God intended it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many lives" (Gen. 50:20).
  • "But God shall redeem my soul from the power of Sheol, for He shall receive me. Selah" (Ps. 49:15).
  • "My flesh and my heart fails, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever" (Ps. 73:26).
  • "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Rom. 5:8).
  • "But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise. God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty" (1 Cor. 1:27).

But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise.

Life is difficult, but God is real.

Problems multiply, but God is the original problem-solver.

People will disappoint, but God is faithful.

Satan attacks, but God is our defender.

What other "But God" statements can you add to this list?

Ava Pennington is a writer, speaker and Bible teacher. She writes for nationally circulated magazines and is published in 32 anthologies, including 25 Chicken Soup for the Soul books. She also authored Daily Reflections on the Names of God: A Devotional, endorsed by Kay Arthur. Learn more at AvaWrites.com.

This article originally appeared at avawrites.com.

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