Daily Devotional – 12/27/13 “But God!”

Have you ever had a “but God” moment? A moment when you realized that no one could have brought you out the situation that you were in or fixed a problem that you were having but God? See, but is a word that is used in the middle or the beginning of a sentence to introduce something that is true even though it is different to what was just said. You know when your teenager asks if they can borrow your car and you say “Yes, but not now.” Or when you ask God if He can give you this and He answers, “Yes, but not now.” See, when God places but at the end of the sentence it has more of a profound effect and He’s simply saying yes BUT in my time. Yes, I’ll heal you but in my time. Yes, I’ll deliver you but in my time. Yes, I’ll fix what you’ve messed up but in my time. Yea, you’ll get that promotion but in my time. Yea, I make your enemies your footstool but in my time. I’ll even move your mountain but in my time.

Oh, you know that when you were in the world doing any and everything that you were bad enough to do; it was God that kept you. When you were drinking out of other folks bottles and passing cigarettes around from person to person, it was God that kept you from diseases. When you were sleeping with any and everybody, God kept you from STDs and HIV. When you sit back and think about some of the things you use to do and realize that you shouldn’t be alive that’s your but God moment. When that heart attack or stroke should have claimed your life, God is saying I’m only laying you on your back but I’ll soon raise you. When man said no, God is saying, you thought that was for you but I have something greater. When folks scandalize your name, God is saying they can talk but I have the last say. Folk said you wouldn’t amount to nothing but God is saying they may think that now but watch me work. When the doctor said cancer, chemo, dialysis, radiation or surgery; God is saying, this is what you have to go through but I’m simply cleaning you up. Yea, when you keep trying to figure out how you manage to make the ends meet with the amount of money you’re bringing home; God is saying, you may not have much but such as I have I’ll give unto you. When your gas light is on and payday is tomorrow, God is saying, don’t focus on that light but focus on me. When your husband or wife left and you didn’t think the hurt would heal, God is saying, it may hurt now but your heart I’ll mend. Oh, I’m going to leave this alone but somebody needed to know that no matter what you’re facing at this very moment, you’re not alone because when all the friends are gone, phone isn’t vibrating anymore, the house is quiet; God is saying, you may not see me but I’m here, you may not hear me but I’m talking and you may not feel me but my arms are holding you tight. When it’s all said and done, it’s but God!

“The wicked 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.” Psalm 94:21-22<

Daily Devotional – 1/3/12 – “But God Moment!”

Have you ever had a “but God” moment?  A moment where you realized that no one could have brought you out the situation that you were in or fixed a problem that you were having but God?  See, but is a word that is used in the middle or the beginning of a sentence to introduce something that is true even though it is contrary to what was just said.  You know when your teenager asks if they can borrow your car and you say “Yes, but not now.”  In this case, I’ve placed my but at the end of the sentence because it has more of a profound effect on the abilities of what God can do.  You know like being in the car, driving while you are playing around with your cell phone and you look up at just the right moment to keep you from rear-ending somebody?  If so, you probably said or at least you should have said, but God!  See, it’s at those very moments you know that it was nobody but God that could have saved your life and some months, if not years, of pure hell. Maybe this wasn’t your moment, but I’m sure you’ve had a few, I know I have. Maybe it was receiving a check in the mail at right moment or receiving that bonus at work even when you didn’t expect it because you didn’t know what you would do.  It was “But God!”

Maybe you don’t text and drive but maybe you drink and drive.  I know, I know, you weren’t drunk but you had a few drinks before getting behind the wheel, right? Then you were driving under the influence.  It doesn’t matter that you weren’t feeling intoxicated or even looked like it, but get pulled over by a cop who smells it on your breath or just happen to have an accident and see what happens.  If you’ve gotten home safely from all those girls nights, Christmas parties, New Year’s Eve celebrations, then you’ve had a but God moment.  If you didn’t, then you surely should have because you should know that it wasn’t you that protected you while you were driving, it wasn’t you that kept a person or a dog from crossing in front of you, it wasn’t you that keep the other cars from coming into your lane and it wasn’t you who kept you from going your usual route home because they had a checkpoint out, but it was God.

When you were in the world doing any and everything that you were bad enough to do, it was God that kept you.  When you were drinking out of other folks bottles and passing cigarettes around from person to person, it was God that kept you from diseases.  When you were sleeping with any and everybody, God kept you from STDs and HIV.  When you sit back and think about some of the things you use to do and realize that you shouldn’t be alive, that’s your but God moment.  When you make it home and your gas light has been on all day, it was but God.  When the doctor said cancer but when he opened you up, they found nothing, it was but God.  When your husband left and you didn’t think you would make it, but you found out you were better off without him, it was but God.  When you don’t know how you keep making ends meet with the amount of money you bring home, it was but God.  When momma/daddy died, you didn’t think you could breathe without them but you’re living, it was but God. Even when you don’t realize it, you’ve had a “But God” moment.  Some of us have a lot of these moments because God is truly good.  All you have to do is sit down for a minute and reflect back over your life, you’ll see those but God moments and even if you didn’t say it then, I know that you are probably saying it now. Humph, it wasn’t anybody but God!

The bible says in Psalm 18:2 “The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.” See, it was God that kept your mind after the years of drug, alcohol or spousal abuse.  It was God that picked you up, cleaned you up and placed your feet back on the right path after years of wondering lost.  It was God that gave you your sight back when you too blind to see that man was doing you no good.  It was God that wiped your credit report clean when you got approved for that car, house, apartment or loan.  It was God that gave you rest after you had chemo or dialysis all day long.  It was God that added experience to your resume when you applied for that job knowing you weren’t qualified on paper.  It was God who covered you when your car rolled 3 times and you came out without a scratch.  It was God who protected you when robbers invaded your home right after you left.  If was God that made you a few minutes late so you could avoid the car wreck in front of you.  It was God that bought you home safely from college even when you could barely keep your eyes open.  So, yes, you’ve had some but God moments, it’s just taking you a little longer time to realize it.  But that’s alright, because God works even when we don’t give him credit.  Unlike folk, we sometimes do things just so our name can be called and we are recognized.  However, Philippians 2:3 says “Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.” It’s not always about what you do for yourself that God is taking note of, but it’s what you do for others.  If God wanted you to only help yourself, then I would imagine he would have only given you one hand. Proverbs 19:17 says Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.”  I’m so glad that it was “But God!”