Have you ever received a compliment, only to feel slighted by the “but ” that follows?
“But” can be an eraser word.
Let me give you an example of what I mean:
I love this pasta dish you made, but why did you put mushrooms in it?
The compliment, “I love this pasta dish” is completely eradicated by the use of the word BUT and the statement that follows.
“But” is a mighty word, and when you couple the word but with God, you have two of the most powerful words in the English language.
Our circumstances may look grim, but God can change our circumstances. I love what the psalmist decrees in Psalms 73:26 ESV, “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
The Psalmist knows he is weak and knows that circumstances can be overwhelming, but he gives us hope in that God is strong. There are several scriptures where the words “but God” are used, and there is resurrection power in the words “but God.” Tweet This
Let’s look at some examples from scripture:
I am so thankful that “but” is an eraser word when followed by the word God!
There have been so many times in my life where my heart and flesh were weak, but God’s love and power changed the course of my life forever.
Here are a few of my life changing but God moments:
- After my brother died, I ran headlong into years of rebellion, but God pulled me out from the pit and redeemed my life.
- My marriage was on the brink of divorce, but God restored our relationship, and we are happily married.
- I had an ectopic pregnancy and was near death when I began hemorrhaging, but God saved my life.
- I became pregnant again—and thought I was going to lose my baby when I suddenly began profusely bleeding at the beginning of my pregnancy and went on bed rest for several months—but God gave us another son.
- In a bicycle accident, I broke both of my arms at the same time, and I wasn’t wearing a helmet, but God showed me how he protected me from further harm, and taught me how much he loves me.
But God moments happen as often in everyday moments as they occur in major life events.
I felt like I didn’t belong—but God gave me friends.
I struggled to find purpose in my life—but God gave me a dream.
I wrestled with being enough—but God showed me my worth.
I didn’t feel loved—but God showed me that He loves me with an everlasting love.
I lacked confidence—but God taught me to believe in myself.
I felt overwhelmed by my circumstances—but God changed my life.
Jesus speaks to us in John 16:33 saying, ” I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
Jesus warns us that difficulty and trouble will come, but tells us to be at peace because he has overcome the world. Tweet This
Life is challenging and the storms of life can seek to overwhelm us.
There are times when the bad days we experience can turn into prolonged periods of difficulty or suffering, and our problems can seem hopeless and like the end of the world to us. When we face illness, job loss, struggle with depression, a physical or mental disability, or if we are the caretaker for a loved one with a debilitating disease or chronic illness.
We gasp and feel like all of the air has been sucked out the room when we hear the diagnosis of cancer, divorce or someone near us dies.
Life can seem to be desperately overwhelming, but God.
Those two little words but God change everything!
God loves us more than we can possibly imagine!
God calls each one of us and has a purpose for our life.
God saves us and delivers us from evil.
Life is full of the negative “but” moments, however, God uses the “but” moments to enrich, encourage, give hope and change our lives.
Instead of looking at your circumstances, keep your eyes fixed on Jesus, and always be on the lookout for your But moment from God.
Misty Phillip is an author, blogger, and speaker. Misty shares Christian Living devotions, thoughts on Faith, Home, and family, book reviews and more at MistyPhillip.com, By His Grace.
Misty’s writing is also featured on several other websites including PhilanthropyFashion.com, Southern Faith Magazine, Faith Filled Family Magazine, and many others. She has been a featured guest on the steadfast podcast, and My Journey of Faith Radio.
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