• Lisa Betz

But God


Have you ever had a case of the “yeah buts”? A time when God is stirring something in your spirit to do and you respond “yeah but did you realize.....” or “yeah but God if you only knew how I lack that skill” and on and on they go. The “yeah buts” can be crazy and can cause us to miss something God wants to do in and through our lives. My favorite example of this in Scripture is Moses. He was a big time “yeah but” person! I mean God spoke to him from the middle of a burning bush! He heard the voice of God, experienced His holy presence and then said to God “yeah but”. Now it’s easy to get on Moses’s case but how often do we do the same thing. Granted I haven’t seen any flaming bushes but if I am honest there are times when God showed Himself to me in just as powerful ways and I still did the same thing Moses did, “yeah but God..” The other form the Yeah Buts can take are the “but if it’s God...” Again if we are honest we can think of times where we ask God a question, looking for direction but when the answer comes we throw out a "but if its God". How patient is God to lovingly show us over and over again what He is doing in our lives. He never stops trying to reveal His love, plan and purposes.

Look at the passage below; Moses is shown over and over that God is speaking and that He will be with him to accomplish the freedom of his people.

“Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come to Me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” So He said, “I will certainly be with you. And this shall be a sign to you that I have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.” Then Moses said to God, “Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they say to me, ‘What is His name?’ what shall I say to them?””

Exodus 3:9-13 NKJV

God even makes Moses’ own hand white with leprosy a sure sign of death and then restores it. He is saying to Moses not even death can keep you from my love, power and presence. If we really knew this and had it anchored in our souls what a different life we would live! We would start throwing aside the “yeah buts” and start saying “But God!”. Matthew 19: 26 sums it up nicely, "Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” It leaves no room for the excuses we try to throw in the way.

One of my favorite”yeah buts” that Moses uses is when he gives the excuse that he is not eloquent and makes it seem as if he is not educated enough. The truth was that he, being of the royal household, was more than likely educated at the highest level and more than intelligent enough to speak in front of people. Even when our “yeah buts” are this obvious God doesn’t turn away. In Moses’s case he sent Aaron to speak on his behalf.

Let’s start saying more “But God” statements than “yeah buts”. Who knows were this new year in God will lead you if you do.


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