Some of my favorite scriptures are the “but God” Bible verses found throughout God’s word.
“But God” brings hope when we can’t see a way through.
“But God” means ashes aren’t the end of our story.
And “But God” says God, not our circumstances, always gets the last word.
I saw this recently as I sat across the table from my close friend, listening as she spilled out the events of the last few months. On a normal day, doing ordinary paperwork, she’d uncovered something odd. The more she researched, the more she learned and like pulling a stray thread, her life unraveled before her.
Her marriage had been destroyed by deceit and infidelity. She had no idea how to move forward much less help her children walk through their own tangled grief.
I had no solutions. Thought I listened and we prayed, the overwhelming situation left me wondering how this would all end.
When we’re up against overwhelming circumstances, parenting struggles, razor-thin finances or a new diagnosis, we may see no way out. We’re helpless to fix it and we’re left wondering how it will all end.
God doesn’t just redeem us for himself. He redeems our stories for himself.
God is a Redeemer and he redeems all things offered to him. What the enemy means for evil — to steal, kill and destroy our faith, our families, friendships and more – God intends for good.
Joseph declared this. He’d been thrown into a pit; sold as a slave; taken from everything he knew and loved; separated from family for decades; wrongly accused despite his honesty, hard work and integrity; wrongly imprisoned; and left in prison despite his hard work and innocence.
Through all of it, Joseph could say that his brothers “intended to harm [him], but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”
This didn’t dawn on Joseph once he saw the ending. This was a guiding principle – that God no matter the circumstances, God holds the ending.
When we are God’s, Satan never triumphs. While he may press, though people may disappoint, though life as we know it can unravel, they don’t get the final say!
There is always, always, always a but God.
I dove into scripture a few weeks ago to find all the but God Bible verses and was blown away. It’s all throughout the Old and New Testaments. Because it’s how God works.
And it should be our guiding principle before we ever see the ending.
Take a look at these but God Bible verses. Click here if you’d like a printable of all 31 but God Bible verses.
31 But God Bible Verses
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.
If the God of my father, the God of Abraham and the Fear of Isaac, had not been with me, you would surely have sent me away empty-handed. But God has seen my hardship and the toil of my hands, and last night he rebuked you.
Yet your father has cheated me and changed my wages ten times. But God did not permit him to harm me.
. . .he took his kinsmen with him and pursued him for seven days and followed close after him into the hill country of Gilead. But God came to Laban the Aramean in a dream by night and said to him, “Be careful not to say anything to Jacob, either good or bad.
Then Israel said to Joseph, “Behold, I am about to die, but God will be with you and will bring you again to the land of your fathers
You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.
he LORD did not love you and choose you because you outnumbered other peoples; you were the smallest nation on earth. But the LORD loved you and wanted to keep the promise that he made to your ancestors. That is why he saved you by his great might and set you free from slavery to the king of Egypt.
1 Samuel 23:14
David stayed in the desert strongholds and in the hills of the Desert of Ziph. Day after day Saul searched for him, but God did not give David into his hands.
1 Kings 5:4
But now the LORD my God has given me rest on every side, and there is no adversary or disaster.
2 Chronicles 20:15
And he said, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the Lord to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.
They are like sheep and are destined to die. . . .But God will redeem me from the realm of the dead; he will surely take me to himself.
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.
Yet I will have compassion on the house of Judah, and I will deliver them—not by bow or sword or war, not by horses and cavalry, but by the LORD their God.
To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in forever. But you, LORD my God, brought my life up from the pit.
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.
No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known.
But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.
You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead.
And the patriarchs, jealous of Joseph, sold him into Egypt; but God was with him
He said to them: “You are well aware that it is against our law for a Jew to associate with or visit a Gentile. But God has shown me that I should not call anyone impure or unclean.
When they had carried out all that was written about him, they took him down from the cross and laid him in a tomb. But God raised him from the dead . . .
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
1 Corinthians 1:27
But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.
1 Corinthians 2:10
Eye has not seen, nor ear heard . . . the things which God has prepared for those who love Him . . . But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit.
1 Corinthians 3:6
I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase.
1 Corinthians 10:13
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able . . .
You also heard how I was far ahead of other Jews in my age group in following the Jewish religion. I had become that fanatical for the traditions of my ancestors. But God, who appointed me before I was born and who called me by his kindness, was pleased to show me his Son. . .
For if the inheritance is of the law, it is no longer of promise; but God gave it to Abraham by promise.
2 Timothy 2:9
. . .for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God’s word is not chained.
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins. . . and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved . . .
These verses tell us that our circumstances DO NOT get the last word.
The enemy DOES NOT get the last word.
Death and disease DO NOT get the last word.
Because there is always, always, always a but God.
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*These verses are really just getting started. Take a look at 32 more “But the Lord” Bible verses.
Barbara Cooper says
This is so encouraging Lisa! Thank you for posting this list. My own life unravelled, and now I’m struggling with what to do. Thank you for reminding me that God holds the ending, and that it is for my good, not my harm.
Nganga Emman says
Indeed He is a good God, thank you for this.
Thanks for that
Just the reminders and encouragement that I truly needed. Thank you so much. God bless you
Taking negative thoughts and adding But God plus the opposite is a great idea. I was discouraged, BUT GOD encouraged me. This could be a great activity to take captive negative thoughts!
Patsy Burnette says
Love this selection of Scripture, Lisa! Thank you for posting. Pinned and shared. Thank you for telling your story!
Joanne Flanagan says
Lisa, Thank You for all You do, “Through
God’s Word!” No matter what our circumstances, “But God,” is always at
the helm to guide our footsteps, and help
us through all adversity!!!
May God Bless you and your family.
Lisa Appelo says
Yes and amen!
My favorite one:
(Not all are faithful,) BUT THE LORD IS FAITHFUL. He will establish you and protect you from the evil one. 2Thes 3:3
Gary T says
Wonderful list. I just read Acts 10:28 that could be added to your list.
Lisa Appelo says
Love that! Thank you for sharing Gary.
Zona Marie says
I am so blessed by this practical sharing of how faithful “God Is “ despite the circumstances or situations we may be experiencing presently. But we can be assured ….He will never leave us nor forsake us nor give us up in living or in dying in Him when we are His Own. Amen. Amen.
Rosalind Wiechart says
Absolutely loved this article. Funny, I just ordered a “but God” t shirt yesterday and then found your article. Thank you for sharing this! One of my favorite songs is by Mercy Me, called “Alive”. Those 2 words are in that song. Those 2 words say so much!!!!
Lisa Appelo says
Those two words make all the difference. Yes and amen.
Yolanda Holman says
This was such a light to me today and so encouraging and just at the right time when I needed it the most. But God !!!
W. Hardy says
The presentation is not correct. There are many more But God verses in the bible.
Then please, tell us where they are.
Do not just criticize the work of a Sister in the Lord,
Zachary Batels says
God bless you. This is such a wonderful collection of thoughts and verses.
Lula Frost says
The promises of God are Yes and Amen. This is exactly what my soul needed!! Because of this outpouring of God’s Word, I can go on and face the enemy’s attack. I now know that I have victory in Jesus. To God be the glory. God Bless You and Thank you too 🙏 🙌🏽
Lawanna Simmons-Sullivan says
I am so thankful for the “But God” moment’s in my life.
It makes a great difference when i am going through and need reassurance that it’s all for my good and that God is going to bless me with His ending and not satan.
This has truly been a heart lifter and it also enriched my faith in my Lord and Savior. Jesus Christ.
Yes Lord…”But God”.and again I say “Amen”.
I am trying to keep my marriage of 20 years together in spite of difficult circumstances and challenges. We have been living apart for almost 4 months and it feels like we have made little progress.
I’ve given up my dreams my hopes and myself all these years and I don’t like the solutions that the secular world gives me.
When I was meditating I came upon the thought ….but God…. I did a web search and found your web page.
I am still searching for an answer and waiting.
Thank you for sharing this. God bless you sister!
Geneva Williams says
Thank you for sharing these scriptures they’re so powerful and encouraging to me. “BUT GOD” says to me that regardless of how my day starts or how it ends I know that God Is in control and HE ALWAYS has the last say
I like lol Chronicles 20:15 ending: “For the battle is not yours
Sung Jae Hwang says
Yes! “BUT GOD” No matter how dark the situation and circumstances….God will most definitely fulfill His eternal purpose in Christ concerning His Body and Bride. We can trust Him for God is faithful, gracious, and able!
Mother Minister Gloria Alston says
Thanks for supplying me with what I call the holy buts..I always try to remember God has the last word in everything if we just trust him. I will be presenting a short sermon on the Holy Buts at my church tonight WMBC (World Missionary Baptist Church) where our motto is showing the love and power of God. Be blessed and stay safe and continue to let the Lord guide you.
You could add Luke 1:37.
Thank you sister.
Thank you this is so awesome. Very timely.