By Bill Williams
… But God
In stories that are told, whether by books, movies, etc., a
common thread of the storyline is: introduction of characters,
developing the personalities of the characters, a problem arises, the
situation degrades, a solution comes at great cost and a resolution of
some sort is made known.
This is a picture of our life and our hope. When we begin to
relate with the characters, we associate their troubles with our own. We
want them to succeed and have a “happy ending” because that is our
The Bible tells the story of God and His dealings with
humanity. God creates perfection. Man, given a choice, chooses the evil
(which is the exact story repeated over and over again in all of our
lives). Then, God promises a solution and begins to work throughout
history presenting the solution. This solution comes in the form of His
Son, Jesus. The effects of this Solution reaches down through history
promising a resolution. Paul phrases the story like this: “ And you were
dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked
according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the
power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of
disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our
flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by
nature children of wrath, even as the rest. But God, being rich in
mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we
were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by
grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us
with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to
come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward
us in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:1-7).”
We chose death. We choose death. We choose our own way and that is the problem. This problem only gets worse. We work according to the Devil’s will and our lust. We become, even though we might not acknowledge it, children of wrath.
At this point, the most beautiful two words arise. But God.
We failed, but God… God, in His love, with His mercy, from the
overflowing richness of who He is, gave us a solution. Jesus Christ. He
made us alive in Him. He also gave us a hope for the ages to come. God’s
kindness did this for us.
When you are distressed, when you are lost, when you feel alone, remember: the world has abused you, your choices led you astray, But God gives life and hope.
- Bill Williams preaches for the Jackson Church of Christ in
Jackson, MO. He may be contacted through the congregation's