Wednesday, August 1, 2012


The Our Daily Bread devotion for the day focused upon the great contrast between the things of man and the things of God.  Forty-six times in the Bible, we are told man's thoughts, words, deeds, and intentions, and then the Word says, "But God...."  Here are a few of the forty-six:

But God warned a heathen king - Gen. 20:3.
But God protected Jacob - Gen. 31:7.
But God directed the life of Joseph - Gen. 45:8; 50:20.
But God hindered Israel from entering the land - Ex. 13:18.
But God delivered David from Saul - 1 Sam. 23:14.
But God prevented David from building His Temple - 1 Chron. 28:3.
But God fought Israel's battle - 2 Chron. 20:15.
But God will resurrect genuine believers - Ps. 49:15.
But God is to be THE Judge - Ps. 75:7.
But God prepared a worm - Jon. 4:7.
But God alone forgives sins - Mk. 2:7.
But God knows our hearts - Lk. 16:15.
But God raised Jesus from the dead - Acts 13:30.
But God loved us while we were still sinners - Rom. 5:8.
But God chooses the foolish instead of the wise - 1 Cor. 1:27.
But God alone saves - 1 Cor. 3:6-7.
But God has called us to peace - 1 Cor. 7:15.
But God is faithful - 1 Cor. 10:13.
But God is merciful - Eph. 2:4

If I had read none of the Bible but just these short descriptions, I would learn several things about God:  1)  He is definitely in control!   2)  He loves all of mankind, sinner and saint alike!  3)  He has a plan for each of us.  4)   He is holds man accountable as THE Judge.  6)  He is merciful.  7)  He can be trusted to take charge of our lives.

The safest place in all the universe is being in the will of God!

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