The Power of “But”

The Bible is an amazing book; it contains adventure, romance, poetry, wisdom and a host of other topics. Often the Bible describes a situation that people were facing and you just know how it is going to turn out. All the facts considered there is no other option how this will end.

Unless you consider the Power of the “but.” In Acts 12, Peter has been arrested, placed in prison and guarded by four squads of soldiers; no bail, no escape plan, no lawyer. Peter will be placed on trial but Herod has already decided Peter will die. Acts 12:-34

I love how God intervened, verse 5 “So Peter was kept in prison, BUT the church was earnestly praying to God for him.” [emphasis added] FACT: Peter was kept in prison. No one, including the praying church and Peter, thought he would be ‘rescued.’ Everyone forgot that God is not constrained by the facts. That is why it is called a miracle!

All through the Bible we see the power of the “but.”

  • Everyone expected Goliath to kill David…but God
  • Jericho expected their walls to protect them…but God
  • Paul was bitten by a poisonous snake, everyone expected him to die…but God 
  • Pilate, the Jews, the disciples didn’t expect Jesus to be resurrected…but God

No matter how bleak or impossible your situation do not forget the “Power of the But.” 

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