— by Michelle Avery, Editorial Assistant, Herald and Banner Press, Overland Park, KS.
Joseph’s brothers faked his death and sold him as a slave.
Saul hated David and chased him with the intent to kill him.
The people of Judah were surrounded by an army far too large for them to defeat.
Isaiah had the privilege of announcing the coming of enemies so numerous it would seem like a flood.
Paul was so highly educated and religiously pious he tried to kill people who disagreed with him.
Timothy was sick “nigh unto death.”
These are just a few of the scriptural instances where there seemed to be no possibility of a good ending. Then two words changed the whole attitude of the scene.
“But God . . . hath made me a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.”
“But God delivered him.”
“But God . . . will be with you.”
“But God shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far off.”
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
“But God had mercy on him.”
These are simple situations. Family betrayal, threats, sure defeat, an onslaught of enemies, religion, and illness. Which makes it fitting that the fix to each situation is simple. God.
He changes everything.