We might be facing difficult circumstances today, but three words put a hopeful spin on them.
The Israelites experienced the power of these words more than once. On one occasion, they were badly frightened upon learning that the Philistines were approaching to attack them. Here’s what the Bible says about this scenario. Can you find the three words that changed everything for them?
“Don’t stop pleading with the LORD our God to save us from the Philistines!” they begged Samuel. So Samuel took a young lamb and offered it to the LORD as a whole burnt offering. He pleaded with the LORD to help Israel, and the LORD answered him. Just as Samuel was sacrificing the burnt offering, the Philistines arrived to attack Israel. But the LORD spoke with a mighty voice of thunder from heaven that day, and the Philistines were thrown into such confusion that the Israelites defeated them.” (1 Samuel 7:6-11)
The three words that change everything are – “but the LORD.” The Israelites were convinced that destruction was imminent, but God had other plans, and He moved those plans into action when Samuel prayed.
This week we’ve seen a “but the LORD” situation in Fort McMurray. The wildfire beast could have wiped out the city and killed countless people but the LORD moved in response to prayer.
The fire itself killed no one (a couple of people died in traffic related accidents during the evacuation), and the winds are now pushing the flames away from the city. News reports today say that 80 per cent of the city still stands. The hospital and schools were untouched. Praise God!
Are you facing a situation that looks downright scary? Don’t fear or wring your hands in distress. Instead, pray. Get others to pray with you. Pray and expect God to answer. Expect to see Him do a “but the LORD” on your behalf.
Do you have a “but the LORD” story? Post it here, please. Share it with us; it will encourage many to trust God for a “but the LORD” encounter.
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