March 6, 2011

BLESSED "BUT"


I know you´re a good speller so we can skip all the jokes and guffaws about my title. (There´s certainly nothing blessed about mine.) But here´s my point: Little things can sometimes pack a powerful punch.

Look at some of these "buts" in the Scripture:

"The Lord was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain...But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord." Gen. 6:6,8

"The water flowed back and covered the chariots and horseman - the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed the Israelites into the sea. Not one of them survived. But the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground..." Ex. 14:28,29

"Not one of the men who saw my glory and the miraculous signs I performed in Egypt and in the desert but who disobeyed me and tested me ten times - not one of them will ever see the land I promised on oath to their forefathers...But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it." Num. 14:22-24

"The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." 1 Sam. 16:7

"They band together against the righteous and condemn the innocent to death. But the Lord has become my fortress, and my God the rock in whom I take refuge." Ps. 94:22

"You have heard that it was said, ¨Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.´ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you...¨ Mt. 5:44

"Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Rom 5:7,8

"All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions - it is by grace you have been saved." Eph. 2:3-5

"BUT" is the tiny word of contrasts in the Scripture. Of man and God. Of the faithless and the faith-filled. Of our lives pre-Christ and post-Christ. And it´s my choice today. Will I allow a "BUT GOD" to transform my day? my attitudes? my plans? my desires? my sinful nature?

Here is one of my personal favorites and the one I am claiming today in a sea of challenging personal situations:

"Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." Is 40:30,31

May you, too, have a "Blessed But" day!

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