“But I” Versus “But God”

(A short excerpt from my book ‘A Mustard Seed Life’, published November 2019)

But’ is one of the smallest words in the English language, yet it speaks volumes, and can be very debilitating.

Is Your “But” Too Big?

Sometimes, when God calls us to move forward in life; to step out and trust him, we find ourselves stuck, unable to move, because we are more focused on those things we think are barriers.

“But …what will people think of me?”

“But…..I’m no one important, why would God use me?”

When we place the word ‘but’ in its proper place and context in a sentence, we change not only the sentence structure, but the structure of our thought patterns and, ultimately, our attitudes.

But I trust in you, O Lord, I say, “You are my God!” My times are in your hand….”

Psalm 31:14-15


The Bible is filled with examples of “but God” statements. Here are a few:

“With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’ (Matthew 19:26)

“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion for ever.” (Psalm 73:26)

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.” (1 Corinthians 1:27)

“The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures for ever.” (Isaiah 40:8)

“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)

“To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in for ever. But you, Lord my God, brought my life up from the pit.” (Jonah 2:6)

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

No matter what your circumstances may be today, try changing all your ‘buts’ to ‘but God,’ and see how encouraged your heart will be.

Jill 💜

5 thoughts on ““But I” Versus “But God”

  1. That’s a great thing to notice Jill. God does change the whole scenario. However you just took away one of my favorite “excuse” words. Now I can’t back out of things without wondering if I’m merely going butt first.

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