My Favorite Word In The Bible

Do you have a favorite word in the Bible?  

The ones that most people would probably say are:

Love - Mercy - Hope - Courage - Strength 

All exceptional words I might add, BUT, if I had to boil down my absolute favorite word in the Bible, it would without a doubt have to be:


Now dont go googling this word because a lot of not so nice images will pop up!  BUT, what BUT is, is (I am sure that is not proper English at all!):

a connecting word, a word used to introduce something contrasting with what has already been mentioned

BUT always connects two ideas that are in stark contrast to each other.  And that is why I love it so much in the Bible.  

BUT always contrasts the achy breaky pains in life, the frustrations, and the complaints of things that are wrong to the gentleness, mercy, and hope that are of God.  Contrasting ideas between life lived in the brokenness of this world and life lived in the love and promises of God.

For his anger lasts only a moment,

BUT his favor lasts a lifetime;

Weeping may remain for the night,

BUT rejoicing comes in the morning.  

Psalm 30:5

Time and time again you will find this BUT word used in the Bible.  I find it most often in the Psalms, which is understandable, as the Psalms are the place of true intimacy between man and God, the place of pouring out ones honest emotions before a God who is infinitely present and loving.

Psalm 31 says, My life is consumed by anguish . . . BUT I trust in you, O Lord.

Psalm 69 says, I am worn out calling for help, my throat is parched.  My eyes fail looking for my God . . . BUT I pray to you, O Lord. .  . Rescue me, deliver me.

Psalm 130 says, If you O Lord, kept a record of sins, who could stand?  BUT with you there is forgiveness.

BUT is a simple word, a word that can be remembered even for the most forgetful of minds, even for the most difficult of days.

The next time you are broken, frustrated, angry, confused, I urge you to vent all of your complaints before God and then recite this simple word - BUT.  Connect and contrast your complaints to the power and promises of God.  

It is my hope and prayer that encouraging you to use this simple word, will help transform your perspective on each and every difficult situation you encounter.  

© margaret young