But God Disciplines Us for Our Good

Loving Discipline Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. Revelation 3:19 Do you love discipline? Most of us don’t. But Scripture says, “My [child], do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he …

But God Produces the Harvest

Who Gets the Credit? I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. 1 Corinthians 3:6 During my daughter’s school years, she disliked group work. “I did my part, but we got a C because Jimmy didn’t do his work,” she said. Or “Julie took credit for what I did.” I empathized. I’d felt the …

But God Chose the Foolish and Weak

The People God Calls Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. …

But God Raised Him from the Dead

The Life-Giver Peter said, “You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead.” Acts 3:15 The religious leaders came to watch an execution. They mocked the man who hung on the cross. “‘He saved others,’ they said, ‘but he can’t save himself’” (Matthew 27:42). His crucifixion was a victory for them: the popular rabbi wouldn’t charm …

But God Knows Our Hearts

He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight. Luke 16:15 What do you do when no one else is around? Do your actions match the image you portray when someone else is watching? The teachers of the law …

But God Had Mercy on Them

But God said to Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?” Jonah 4:9 “They deserve to die.” Jonah may not have said it, but he probably thought it. Why else would the prophet have refused to obey God’s command to preach to the citizens of Nineveh, the capital city of the Assyrian Empire? Its armies …

But God Is My Strength

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26 We’ve all been there. “Life is not fair,” we’ve said. The rich and famous thumb their noses up at God, and they get richer and more famous. Meanwhile the poor get poorer and the unknown are forgotten. The psalmist …

But God Cares for the Needy

 But God will never forget the needy; the hope of the afflicted will never perish. Psalm 9:18 One day I walked into the soup kitchen where I volunteer and encountered Roy*. “How ya doing?” I asked. He responded with a broad smile, then said, “I’m blessed.” Roy was homeless. He’d been camping in a nearby wooded area for several weeks. …

But God Said No to David

But God said to [David], “You are not to build a house for my Name, because you are a warrior and have shed blood.” 1 Chronicles 28:3 As King David grew old, he thought about two things that had to be done before he died: transferring power to his son Solomon and passing on to him the detailed plans given …

But God Protected David

 David stayed in the wilderness strongholds and in the hills of the Desert of Ziph. Day after day Saul searched for him, but God did not give David into his hands. 1 Samuel 23:14 The prophet Samuel had anointed David as the next king of Israel. After the defeat of Goliath, his rapid rise in the ranks of King Saul’s …