Day: September 22, 2017

But God was with him

Vance Havnerby Vance Havner

But God was with him. Acts 7:9

This is one of the many “But Gods” in the Book that spell quite a difference. Joseph’s brothers sold him into Egypt, but God was with him. Joseph himself put it this way: “Ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good” (Gen. 50:20). What men thought was overruled by what God wrought. “Man proposes but God disposes.”

“He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me” (Heb. 13:5, 6). No plottings of men, no combinations of circumstances can defeat the man who has God as his helper. Here is the secret of many a life, conspired against by ill health, poverty, evil men, foes in the household, the world, the flesh and the devil, but victorious, anyway – God was with him. The devil and men often overstep themselves, sell Joseph into Egypt, but God makes him Prime Minister! “If God be for us, who can be against us?”

And even in the last dark chapter we need not tremble at our Adversary, but triumph with our Ally – “I will fear no evil, for thou art with me.”

But God was with him. What a difference that makes!

by Vance Havner