“But I”…”But God”
This was God’s message for me yesterday and I thought it so good I would share it with you!
There are times I get the sense that I ought to do something …. Then I get stopped by the phrase “but I”….I need to be fit, but I feel tired; it would be great to form deep relationships, but I’m shy; I need to lose weight and eat more vegies, but I love butter and bacon and sugar! To name a few!
This mentality is a defeater belief and keeps me from succeeding and doing what matters, it will even stop us trying!
There are heaps of bible characters who responded to God with “but I” – “Moses, I want you to go to Pharaoh and tell him to let my people go.” Moses answers “but I am slow of speech and tongue”; God asks Esther to go to the king and save Israel – ‘but I have not been called by the king for 30 days’; Abraham you will become the father of a great nation. ‘but I am too old’; “Peter cast your nets on the other side of the boat and I’ll do a miraculous thing for you” – ‘but I tried all night’
Did you notice that God doesn’t contradict those statements – God does not dispute their inadequacy.!
Corinthians 1: 26-31 26 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”
‘But I’ has to change to ‘But God’…. God changed everything in Paul’s life and if we let God do an amazing thing in us, in Girls’ Brigade, we can see many lives transformed.
God can overturn human expectations, he reverses who matters and who does not, takes the weak and makes strong. ‘But God’ means the world does not get the last word on who you are or what you might do.
In the story of Joseph… he said to his brothers who had sold him into slavery “You intended it to harm me, but God intended it for good”.
Jesus said: “With human beings it is impossible. Even salvation is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
God is bigger than our ‘but’ – of course we aren’t smart enough, strong enough, good enough – no one is. Even Paul was not enough
2 Corinthians 12: 9-10 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Everyone has a calling and everybody has a problem. Do we say, “But I” or “ But God”….
“But I can’t” or “But God can”.
Lord – its so easy for us to say ‘but I can’t’. Please do with me and GB what we can’t do – allow us to be part of your ongoing plan to see girls come to know Jesus as their Savious. May we trust you. Amen.