Author Ava Pennington
Author Ava Pennington

But God

One of my favorite phrases in the Bible is “but God.”

The phrase is peppered throughout Scripture. And it makes my heart smile every time I come across one of those verses.

They bring a vertical perspective to my horizontal circumstances.

They remind me that my circumstances are not permanent.

And they proclaim that when my situation appears hopeless, the God of hope is still on His throne.

Check out some of my favorites:

  • Genesis 50:20 (ESV)

You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good…

  • Psalm 49:15 (ESV)

But God will ransom my soul from the power of Sheol, for he will receive me.

  • Psalm 73:26 (ESV)

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

  • Romans 5:8 (ESV)

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

  • I Corinthians 1:27 (ESV)

But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise.


Life is difficult, but God is real.

Problems multiply, but God is the original problem solver.

People will disappoint, but God is faithful.

Satan attacks, but God is our defender.


What other “But God” statements can you add to this list?


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  1. Bonnie Dorsey

    Ava, Got up this morning in a funky mood they started reading your blog. But God….knows what will happen today. Looking for a new car and Larry (who is paying for it) sending me on rabbit trails. But God knows the car for me.

  2. Ava Pennington

    Yes, Bonnie – and God also knew the provision you needed to pay for it!

  3. Deana Day

    Thanks for the encouragement of God’s word today I lost my beloved uncle a week ago after a long battle with cancer. I’ve been thinking and praying for you and Russ through this journey. “But God” is our hope. Love you 😘

  4. Jackie Oxendine

    Dearest Ava here are a couple of my favorite “ But God” statements:

    • Genesis 8:1 (NIV)
    “But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth and the waters receded.”

    Our God is always watching over us and knows exactly what we need when we need it. He is a Restorer of Peace.

    • Psalm 9:18 (NIV)
    “But God will never forget the needy; the hope of the afflicted will never perish.”

    So good to be reassured, as Belivers and Followers, that everything God allows is for His glory.

    Much Love and continued Prayers!!!

  5. Ava Pennington

    Thank you, Deana.

  6. Ava Pennington

    Great verses, Jackie!

  7. Evie

    Ava, this past year in Romans is one of my favorite “but God” verses!
    But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
    Praise Him!!!

  8. Ava Pennington

    Yes, indeed, Evie – of course, I had to include that verse!

  9. John Williamson

    For when I am looking for observable results in ministry labors…
    “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.” (1 Cor. 3:6 ESV)

    Ava, thanks for this encouraging post!

  10. Ava Pennington

    Great verse, John!

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