The Bible is chock full of terrific words. Wonderful words like love, joy, and peace abound in the scriptures. Abound is a pretty good word too.
There are long words in the Bible, like Mahershalalhashbaz (Isaiah 8:1). (What were his parents thinking?)
There are short words in the Bible, like Ur (Genesis 15:7). “Where do you live?” “Ur.” (Confused look.)
There are impressive sounding words in the Bible, like sanctification, justification and propitiation.
There are precious words like Savior, heaven, grace and redeemed. I could go on and on.
I have a hands-down favorite word in the Good Book. It’s easy to overlook this humble three letter word. Here it is. Are you ready?
Don’t be fooled by this well-worn word, this scant syllable, this inconsequential conjunction. It packs a wallop when it’s perfectly placed. “But” is the pivot point in so many sentences, and so many lives. I have circled every “but” in my Bible.
“But you were washed…” 1 Corinthians 6:11
“But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead.” 1 Corinthians 15:20
“But because of His great love for us…” Ephesians 2:4
“But God’s word is not chained…” 2 Timothy 2:9
My second favorite word in the Bible is equally short and powerful.
Team these two up and you’ve got a potent combination.
“Once you were alienated from God, BUT NOW he has reconciled you…” Colossians 1:21-22
“Once you were not a people, BUT NOW you are the people of God.” 1 Peter 2:10
“I was blind, BUT NOW I see.” John 9:25
“For this son of mine was dead, BUT NOW he is alive;
he was lost, BUT NOW he has been found.” Luke 15:24
I am thankful for these two little words.
They can redeem a past full of faults and failures.
They can redefine a future full of hopes and dreams.