Two Powerful Little Words

atlantic shoreA new believer loves the Lord and sees how much her life has improved since she dedicated her life to Him. But still—there is the old tidal pull to addiction, and she is slipping further and further out to sea again. Is there a force great enough to tow her back to shore?

A Christian couple, with children, is separating–perhaps forever. No biblical grounds. The issues are complicated, but infidelity is not one of them. Can they find the selflessness and humility needed to move forward together?

A loved one is mentally ill, but it is not a disorder which visibly impairs his ability to function. Mostly it damages his relationships, including one with his own child. Will he ever see that he has a problem? Will he want to get help if he does admit the need?

roadblock signsThree real-life situations. Three seemingly-insurmountable obstacles. And yet hope is there, in the form of two little words: “But God…”

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   “Pharaoh said to Joseph, ‘I had a dream, and no one can interpret it. But I have heard it said of you that when you hear a dream you can interpret it.’
   ‘I cannot do it,’ Joseph replied to Pharaoh, ‘but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires.’ “ (Genesis 41-:15-16 NIV)

When someone comes seeking your expertise, do you acknowledge the true source of the power/knowledge/skill?

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“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” (Genesis 50:20 NIV)

Do you see an evil situation and assume that God cannot bring good out of it?

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“Whom have I in heaven but you?
    And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
    but God is the strength of my heart
    and my portion forever.”  (Psalm 73:25-26 NIV)

“Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person 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.”  (Romans 5:7-8 NIV)

We MUST consistently remind ourselves that 1) God is immeasurably greater than we are, and 2) He has already shown us how very much He loves us, and how radically He is willing to intervene on our behalf.

Are there impossible people in your life right now? Overwhelming obstacles? Hopeless situations? Keep praying. Keep waiting. Keep surrendering to His wisdom, grace and timing.

Keep remembering: “But God.”

Jesus said to them, “With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26 NASB)

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4 responses to “Two Powerful Little Words

  1. Amazingly true. Mom and I prayed for my sister for the last 27 years. My latter prayers were almost without faith.
    God intervened a year and a half ago just before mom died so she knew.
    He really is the only source of a miracle.

    • Amen, sister! I rejoice that those prayers were answered, and that your mom got to see their fulfillment in this life. I hope other readers will also share their experiences of “But God…”

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