I will give you a moment to recover from the title of this blog. I thought it would make you giggle, and grab your attention real quick. But with a missing “t”, how big is your but? Like seriously.
I need to work out… but I am tired.
I need to read Gods Word more… but I am too busy.
I need to wash clothes… but I don’t have time.
I need to catch up with that friend… but it takes too much effort.
I need to start meal prepping… but I don’t feel like it.
I need to be kinder… but I am not a people person.
I need to stop complaining about everything.. but I am just not happy.
I need to get myself back into a routine.. but I just can’t.
Do you see where I’m going here? We always use the words after “but” as an excuse. How big is your but? Is it big enough to lose friendships, lose sight of what matters, and lose self control? Or is it small enough where you are able to fill your life with God’s Buts instead.
The things we need to do, want to do, or should do… but we don’t. What if God didn’t? What if God never “butted” anyone? Would there be hope, endless love, never-ending grace? NOPE!
I have noticed when doing my quiet time, “BUT GOD” is showing up over and over. Even if the words aren’t there, God still is showing up and showing off. He is still doing His work where you see the change He is doing. However, there is a difference between our buts and His buts. Our buts are to excuse whereas Gods but are to exchange. Exchange death to life, unsteadiness to constant, addicted to hopeful, and depressed to joyous.
Here are some verses where “but God” are mentioned. I love theses verses. I love them because it shows Gods power, and His literal, real, LOVE for us. I think we need to get to the point in our lives where we can trade our excusing buts, to Gods truthful buts.
“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives”. Genesis 50:20
“They refused to listen and failed to remember the miracles you performed among them. They became stiff-necked and in their rebellion appointed a leader in order to return to their slavery. But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. Therefore you did not desert them”. Nehemiah 9:17
“But God will redeem my life from the grave; he will surely take me to himself”. Psalm 49:15
“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever”. Psalm 73:26
“You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this”. Acts 3:15
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us”. Romans 5:8
“..for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God’s word is not chained”. 2 Timothy 2:9
“They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness”. Hebrews 12:10
Separated, but now joined together. Dead but now alive. Slave to sin but now forgiven. Addicted but now hopeful. Depressed but now given life.
I was in a relationship where I felt super insecure. I didn’t feel worthy – because I didn’t get treated with respect. I didn’t feel beautiful – because there was always something wrong. I didn’t feel like I had a purpose – because I was so set on this guy that I lost sight of myself.
But God taught me that I am full of worthiness. He reminded me that no one determines my worth but Him. But Gods Word was able to fill me with peace knowing that I was made beautifully and wonderfully in His image. But God opened doors and guided me through paths to find my purpose.
My point is: I would still be where I used to be. But God. And the same thing is with you.
But because of God, and His gracious love, mercy, kindness, and gentleness – we get to live a life full of joy in our hearts, purpose in our lives, and stability in our relationships. But because of God, our sins died with Jesus, and we rose into a new creation with Him. But because of God, He directs our steps and has a plan and purpose for each of us. But because of God, we get to live a life advancing His Kingdom.
Now don’t get me wrong.. there are times when rest is needed, and we have to set that boundary. However, our lives can not be determined by our buts. We have to use Gods Buts to determine our life.
This is where your see the impossible become possible, the chains become broken, the power and holiness only found in Jesus.
How big is your but? Is it big enough to run your life where you miss all the Buts God wants to do in your life? We can be so easily distracted by ourselves, that we miss what God is trying to do.
Don’t block Gods But.
It is never about Jesus if it’s always about us.
I pray that The Lord may speak to you through me, I can only hope I can help you in your relationship with Christ.