But… But… But

The small timid voice spoke shakily “But I can’t do that! I have never been able to speak in front of people.” Overhearing one side of a conversation while walking through the hall one day at work, I smiled to myself and continued my walk down the hall. Those few words stayed with me through out the day.

How often do we sell our self short, also? We deny our ability, often by comparing our selves to others that seem to have it all together or simply because we have never ventured into that area before. As humans, we like order, routine and most of us seldom step outside our ‘normal routine’. Frequently the reasons are two-fold – comfort and fear, and normally we do not even recognize the truth behind our reasons.

The same challenges we face today occurred through out Scripture. A perfect example is Moses. Here’s a man watching a burning bush that doesn’t burn, hearing the voice of God speaking to him and yet here comes his ‘But, but, but…’ Some of his words sound so familiar to what I have heard friends and even myself say from time to time when challenged in a new area. “Who am I?” “They won’t believe me or listen to me!” and especially “I don’t know what to say?” all typical excuses. Moses failed to realize that the One who was speaking to him in this wondrous way was also the very One that would lead him, giving him the strength and words to say. In fact Moses argued so much that in Exodus 4:14, it is revealed that the great I AM became angry with him.

Others also had great obstacles to overcome. On our human level, it’s almost impossible to be victorious and yet when we stand in the strength of the Lord we are more than able to overcome.

What if:

“But, I have never even thought about moving away…” – Abram

“But, nobody will listen to me; I am only second in command…” Joshua

“But what about my past…” – Rahab the harlot

“But you don’t know who my parents were…” Ruth the Moabite

“But, I am just a little shepherd boy….” David

“But, look at how young I am…” Jeremiah

“But I am simply a fisherman…” Peter

Each one had what we might see as valid reasons and yet the Lord saw beyond that into the hearts and spirit of these men and women. He was able to recognize hearts that were willing to overcome and triumph against all odds to be the men and women that they were born to be. The same is true today. We have choices to make: to learn to see our self as He sees us, not clothed in our strength or ability but leaning on those Everlasting Arms. As we step out in faith and trust, we must rest in the knowledge that no matter where he leads us, He will surely give us all that we need.

Psalms 71:15-17 My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness And Your salvation all the day, For I do not know their limits. I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD; I will make mention of Your righteousness, of Yours only. O God, You have taught me from my youth; And to this day I declare Your wondrous works.


Joyce Sykes

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