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Recently, in my quiet time with the Lord, He showed me that I have been putting the “but” in the wrong place. I have been saying to myself “God has called me to this, but…”
My husband, Allan, has been encouraging me with the words “but, I thought God called you to this?” He means, stand up, make every effort, trust God, and be confident. This is what God has called me to. Allan is right.
Do you see the difference?
Allan is saying “but God” with the focus on the Lord. No matter what happens, no matter what obstacle, no matter what challenge, you have a faithful Father who has called you and will enable, equip, and provide you with everything you need to do His will. My focus has been the obstacles, the challenges, the glitches and anything else standing in the way. I have put my “but” in the wrong place.
2 Thessalonians 3:3-5 reminded me:
“But the Lord is faithful; He will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one. And we are confident in the Lord that you are doing and will continue to do the things we commanded you. May the Lord lead your hearts into a full understanding and expression of the love of God and the patient endurance that comes from Christ.”
Notice the verbs, they are not conditional. He is faithful. He will strengthen you. These are God’s promises for me and for you. He will guard you from the evil one. He will enable you to do every thing He asks of you. He will enable you to obey Him. He will lead your heart into a full understanding of His love. He will enable you to tangibly express His love in words and deeds. He will give you the ability to endure patiently…if you will allow Him.
Father, you are faithful. Thank you for your strength for every moment of the day ahead. Thank you for your protection from the evil one. Thank You for your enabling to do all that You ask of me this day. Please fill me with Your Spirit and empower me to do your will. Deepen my understanding of Your love today. Enable me to express your love to others today in words and in deeds. Please give me the ability to endure patiently …I am inviting You to permeate my life. No matter what happens today, BUT GOD! I love You.
Questions: Where are you putting your “but”? Do you face your struggles and wonder how God can help or do you face your struggles saying “But, GOD…”? What is the Lord asking you to endure patiently? How can you express His love in words and deeds today?
About the Author Donna Mitchell