If I asked, I would imagine most of of would not have to think very hard to think of a dream that died or a hope that went seemingly unfulfilled? Perhaps it is a word that you feel God spoke to you that hasn't moved forward but has apparently withered and died. Are there circumstances you have faced that you feel could have no possible positive outcome? We often allow these things to stunt the growth of our faith. We allow doubt, despair and disillusionment to overwhelm us and rob the seed of our faith.
Life is hard, and life as a Christian is challenging. We do not come to salvation and suddenly walk a golden life untouched by the day to day issues of life. John 16: 33 tells us “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
It is at times like these that I remind myself of my two favorite words in the Bible, "but God". There have been many times when I have found where I have even questioned my ability to hear God, to believe I am even worthy for the things that He has said. In the past I have at times put these unfulfilled promises 'on the shelf' as some sort of memorial of times that I felt God didn't move. Of course, I always ascribe the word 'yet' to those things. I tell myself God hasn't fulfilled this yet so I will leave it on this shelf until He does. But I don't always do that in faith. I don't wait with eager anticipation to see God move. I generally say it as a reason as to why God hasn't done something. Why do we so easily do this rather than embrace the words "but God". Only He can take the disappointment, the seemingly dead and bring forth new life. Nothing is impossible for Him, regardless of how it looks to us.
Numbers 23:19 says "God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?" Let us stand on the word He has given all of us. He left us a love letter filled with examples of "but God" moments. His Holy Scriptures are overflowing with circumstances that seem to point to despondent outcomes. When Adam and Eve sinned in the garden the logical conclusion was that they must be cut off from God because God cannot have sin in His presence.; 'But God' made a path of redemption. When Moses went before Pharaoh to deliver the message to 'let my people go' and was denied all seemed lost; 'but God' made a way for them to be delivered. When Job had lost all that he had, family, livestock, position, friends etc. He could have cursed God but He embraced that God could redeem EVEN that which was lost.
Over and over we see 'but God' moments through out Scripture. What circumstances are you facing that seem to be hopeless? Where has the enemy lied to you that God won't or can't do something? Rise up in your spirit and proclaim that though this is what these circumstances look like you are believing for a 'but God' moment. Hold firm to His faithfulness. Continue to press on for your 'but God' moment! He is all that He says He is and He will do all that He has said He will do.