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But . . . But God

But God, Who is rich in mercy…
 Ephesians 2:4

“But, you don’t understand my problems.”  “But, I can’t help it. That’s just how I am.” “But I…”   “But…”  

“But God, it’s not fair.”  “But God, why did that have to happen?”  “But why am I so unhappy?” “Trust Me,” whispers Jehovah Jireh, God our Provider. “But I want out.” “Allow Me to purify and refine you,” pleads our suffering Servant. “But how can I …?”  “God, I can’t.” “Let Me be your strength,” declares Almighty God. “But I can’t see through today to tomorrow.” “But I can,” states the Light of the World.  “But God, remember what wrong I did?”  No, I don’t remember,” affirms God. “But what about my past?”  I AM,” declares God. “But I feel worthless.” “You are my precious child,” reassures Abba, Father.    

Do you wrestle with God and these thoughts like I do? Read with me, hear Him, and listen:

But God, Who comforts the depressed… (2 Corinthians 7:6).
But God has surely listened and heard my prayer (Psalm 66:19).
But God demonstrates His own love… (Romans 5:8).
but God meant it for good... (Genesis 50:20b).
But God raised Him from the dead (Acts 13:30).
But Thou, O God, the Lord, deal kindly with me for Thy name’s sake… (Psalm 109:21).
But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one (2 Thessalonians 3:3).
But God is the strength of my heart and portion forever (Psalm 73:26).
But God is the Judge; He puts down one, and exalts another (Psalm 75:7).
But God made the earth by His power; He founded the world by His wisdom and stretched out the heavens by His understanding (Jeremiah 10:12).
But He knows the way I take; When He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold (Job 23:10).

“But… but… but… ”

But God.

Lord, when I feel discouraged with my “buts”, encourage me and remind me that You have the last word.

Karen Sims

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