“But God.” This simple phrase is, indeed, a Gospel within a Gospel. All mankind was condemned to death, chained, and imprisoned in the dungeon of sin, “but God” was with us and loved us so much that he gave his only begotten Son to free us from the captivity of sin and give us eternal life. (John 3:16)
The phrase “but God” occurs frequently in the Bible. Here are some examples. “But God had mercy” (Philippians 2:27); “but God is faithful” (1 Corinthians 10:13); “but God was causing the growth” (1 Corinthians 3:6); “but God raised him from the dead” (Acts 13:30), etc.
In the book of Acts in the New Testament, we read that St. Stephen, before his martyrdom, encouraged his Christian brothers and sisters, following the example of Joseph from the Old Testament. “The patriarchs, being jealous of Joseph, sold him to take him to Egypt. But God was with him and freed him from all his troubles” (Acts 7:9-10).
“But God.” Indeed, there is no more powerful phrase in the Bible nor in our lives. These two words empower us in life’s journey to scale the highest mountain peaks, navigate through raging storms, and bravely walk through dark and gloomy valleys. And we do all this with the faith and confidence that the Almighty God is with us and will deliver us from all our troubles.