But the Lord is faithful, who shall establish you, and guard you from the evil one .2 Thessalonians 3:3(ASV)
How often the 'BUTS' of the bible stand in stark contradistinction between i) the faithfulness of God and His great goodness ; and ii) the trite unbelief of His children and their sinfulness. Praise God for the many eternal 'BUTs' in the Bible. Praise the Lord for the glorious BUT in this verse: BUT the Lord is faithful, Who shall establish you, and guard you from the evil one. We serve a good and faithful God, Who has promised to works His good work in the lives of all His children and establish each one in every good work and word - and He is faithful to guard us from the evil one - who is that old serpent, who is called the devil and Satan.
Humankind cannot be trusted for man is disposed towards perverseness and indifference, but the faithfulness of God streams throughout the pages of Scripture, as seen in His many acts of mercy; His multitudinous promises of grace; His wonderful words of warning and His amazing gift of salvation. The infidelity of man towards God is an identifying bell that tolls throughout scripture. It is a blaring gong that has resounded down through time, which contrasts the goodness of God with the perversity of man.
Man may be faithless and false - BUT God is faithful despite our inconsistencies and He expands this promise of grace even further, for He pledged to establish His children in the truths of His Word, by working in us and through us, for His good purpose. God even knew us before the foundation of the world. He knows the number of hairs on our head and keeps our tears in His bottle.
And those whom God predestined, called and chose He undertakes to justify and to sanctify and to glorify - and He is faithful to do everything that He has said, for our dependable God is Faithful and True. Yet once again this amazing 'BUT' subdivides into a further token of His love towards us, for He vows to keep His children from the evil of sin and the ploys of the evil one, who seeks to sift us as wheat and to pollute our witness.
Sin and death and Satan's snares have no power over us, for the enemy was defeated at Calvary and God will not allow us to be tested above that which we are able to bear - but will provide us with an escape-route, from all the principles and practices that are dangled before us as bait, to draw us back into the evil world system. God knows our weakness and He understands that our faith may fail, BUT the Lord is faithful, Who shall establish you, and guard you from the evil one .
Dear heavenly Father, thank You for Your promise of faithfulness to establish and protect me, even when I prove faithless and false to You. Keep me ever mindful of this truth and guide me in the choices I will make today. Use me as an instrument of Your grace; keep me from all evil and may I grow in grace and in a knowledge of You, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.