On April 30th in Bro. Chad’s daily devotional, he spoke of when Joseph’s brothers rejected him and sold him into slavery. Then he reminded us that the Bible says “BUT GOD was with him and rescued him from all his troubles.”(Acts 7:9) Joseph later tells his brothers, “You intended to harm me, BUT GOD intended it for good, to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” (Genesis 50:20) That same day I was driving to get my allergy shot and listening to a Christian radio station. The principal of a local Christian school was giving a devotional and his entire theme was focused on BUT GOD…. There are so many times in the Bible where life looks bleak, tragic and devastating. Then these situations are followed by BUT GOD… and oh what a difference He makes. In Psalm 73:26 we are encouraged by the words “My flesh and my heart may fail, BUT GOD is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” As God’s children, He is always looking out for our best, even when it may not seem that way at the moment. Hebrews 12:10 tells us that “Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best, BUT GOD disciplines us for our own good in order that we may share in His holiness.” In sickness, God often intervenes as He did in the case of Epaphroditus. Paul tells the saints at Philippi that “Indeed he was ill and almost died. BUT GOD had mercy on him and not on him only but also on me to spare me sorrow upon sorrow.” (Philippians 2:27) The ultimate intervention by God was of course when He raised His Son from death to give us the gift of eternal life by trusting Him as our Savior. In Acts 10:39-40, Peter tells how, “They killed Him by hanging Him on a tree, BUT GOD raised Him from the dead on the third day and caused Him to be seen.” And Praise God, we are told in Acts 2:23b-24 that “you, with the help of wicked men, put Him to death by nailing Him to the cross. BUT GOD raised Him from the dead, freeing Him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on Him.” Hallelujah!!
We are living in chaotic, perilous times right now with COVID-19 at the forefront of our thoughts, emotions, decisions, and day to day existence. Life is different, BUT GOD is still God. Nothing that has happened or will happen is beyond His knowledge and control and nothing, even all the tragedies, frustrations, and inconveniences associated with this pandemic can separate us from His love. People have lost jobs and can’t afford to pay rent, electric bills, buy medicine or food. BUT GOD has placed compassion, generosity, and love in the hearts of the members of Woodmont Baptist Church, and you have packed, donated and delivered food, donated money, handed out lunches to children, and sewn masks beyond anything I could ever have imagined. There are no words that truly express my gratitude and appreciation for how awesomely you have been the hands and feet of Jesus.
Let us all remember the words of Jesus in Matthew 25:40: “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”