Hello everyone…and how are you doing on this fine day that the Lord hath made?! I truly hope that your day is going well…and that you will discover God to be even more real in your life today than yesterday…Amen!!
It seems like lately, I have been hearing a few people talk like this… “I know that God can help me; BUT being human…” In other words…their faith starts out strong; but then a heavy wind must come along and allow that faith to waver a little. Do we realize that thoughts and words such as these can put a halt to our faith in what God can do within our lives?
As I was thinking on this yesterday, I came to see how the word “but” can truly get in our way and become a road block; that keeps us from going after the desires of our hearts. In other words…the word “but” sometimes has a way of bringing us to a sudden stop… where we tend to sit and think on whether we can follow through with where our faith was once taking us.
This afternoon, as I was thumbing through God’s word; He led me to a few Bible verses in James 1:6-8…and we read… “But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7) That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8) Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.”
As we spend this time together today, let’s focus on how the word “but” could actually make life worse, rather than better. The first thing I see happening; is that this word actually makes us appear as weak and unstable before Satan; because this word is no longer making us seen as strong and steadfast in the Lord. In other words…the confidence that once brought our faith alive and above the problem; now has stipulations attached…just in case God doesn’t follow through with an answer to our need, which in turn brings us closer to the works of evil, rather than the works of God.
Second…a sentence that starts out with faith and ends with doubt allows us to waver back and forth. In other words…it’s like we want to believe that all things are possible with God; but yet we seem to lose focus in God and get caught up in a worldly way of seeing the problem, which causes our faith to weaken.
How are we ever going to see God work within our lives, if we are allowing the word “but” to block our way, from receiving God’s very best? One of my very favorite Bible verses are found in Psalm 112:7-8…and we read… “They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord. 8) Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear; in the end they will look in triumph on their foes.”
We must remember that when our thoughts are fixed even more on God, rather than what we are facing; then our faith will become a steadfast faith…one that doesn’t fear, waver or require any “buts” to get in the way of receiving the best that God longs to give us. We need to also remember that it’s not God that brings His will to a halt; but its thoughts and words such as these that get in the way and places a halt on all that He longs to do within our lives.
You know what…maybe it’s time to gather up all the “buts” that have become roadblocks between God and ourselves and start making the way clear for Him to meet us at the need of the problem. Once we can truly rest in Him, with a faith that is steadfast and strong, while remaining focused on Him above all else; that is when we will find it easier to face our foes, which in turn will lead us to the best He longs to give us…Amen!!
Have a very blessed day in the Lord!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain