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Jesus Never Whined; So Why Are We? Stop Whining 'But Lord' and Begin Professing 'But God'

Updated on January 23, 2017
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What are we really saying to God when we argue, whine, and complain But Lord to Him? Do we not take Him at His word? Do we not have enough faith to believe His promises? How often do we attempt to prove our cases to God by responding But Lord when He challenges our faith? If we say we believe, then we must be obedient to what Jesus asks of us, no matter how it may sound in the natural.

An excellent biblical example of the But Lord syndrome is found in John 11:39-40(AMP).

“Jesus said, Take away the stone. Martha, the sister of the dead man, exclaimed, But Lord, by this time he [is decaying and] throws off an offensive odor, for he has been dead four days! Jesus said to her, Did I not tell you and promise you that if you would believe and rely on Me, you would see the glory of God?”

Martha's case against Jesus' instructions was based on the natural facts surrounding her brother Lazarus' death. However, the spiritual truth of the matter is that Jesus had already promised Martha in verse 23 of John 11 (AMP) that “Your brother shall rise again.”

The message here is to take away the stone that prevents you from truly believing, taking God at His word, and seeing the glory of God. There is so much glory that God wants to show us and reveal in us when we stop forgetting His promises, stop complaining But Lord and begin professing But God.

Let us examine biblical examples of what happens when we put faith into action and begin professing But God .

In Genesis 31: 5-7(AMP), “Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah to the field to his flock, and he said to them, I see how your father looks at me, that he is not [friendly] toward me as before; but the God of my father has been with me. You know that I have served your father with all my might and power. But your father has deceived me and changed my wages ten times, but God did not allow him to hurt me.

Jacob professed that God was with him. He had faith, trusted God, and never doubted. As a result, God's favor and protection covered him allowing no harm to come to him even when others were against him. God took care of him.

Genesis 50:19-20 (NIV), We find Joseph having a conversation with his brothers after they realize who he is. “But Joseph said to them, Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.

God brings purpose and destiny out of Joseph's adversity. God's plan is always greater than any harm man attempts to send our way.

Apostle Paul in his letter to the people in Philippi commended Epaphroditus saying, “Indeed he was ill, and almost died. But God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me, to spare me sorrow upon sorrow. (Phil 2:27KJV)

In Epaphroditus' near death experience, it was God’s mercy that prevailed.

A But God professed in faith has the power and authority to shift our atmospheres. What is it that you need God to do for you? Do we like Martha present our cases to God concerning our circumstances rather than professing But God to our circumstances? Our situations can be as dark as night, But God

Do you believe that Jesus can do the supernatural; those things that are impossible for man to do as in the case of Lazarus? Can you trust God to protect and promote you in spite of what others may be doing in an attempt to cause you harm as in the cases of Jacob and Joseph? Can you trust Him in faith to have mercy on you when you are ill as in the case of Epaphroditus?

Acts 13:30(KJV) demonstrates the ultimate power of But God as Paul preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ in Antioch, stated “But God raised Him (Jesus) from the dead”. Let us make every effort to not allow our But Lord to cause us to miss the glory of God.

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      YvetteParker 2 years ago from AUGUSTA, GA

      Continue to do good because we do reap what we sow. I'd much rather reap a harvest of peace, kindness, and love than hate, disease, contempt, and strife. Hopefully, God will allow your kindness and love to soften the heart of your manager. In the meantime, continue to pray that he will open his heart to Jesus and come out of darkness into the marvelous light. Yes, it's tough; but you have been placed there for such a time as this. Be encouraged my friend!

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      Kanaf 2 years ago

      This is so true, treat others how we want to be tatreed, but at my job or most jobs, (in secular or corporate america), my battle is the enemy because I treat everyone with kindness but they do not do the same. Ugh. Ongoing struggle to love those who do not believe, my current boss is not a believer, it is so hard. His mind is not like minded as mine.

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      YvetteParker 5 years ago from AUGUSTA, GA

      Whidbeywriter, thank you so much for reading and sharing your kindness and your encouraging words. Don't you just love how God challenges and reminds us to tust Him in every situation, regardless of what it looks like?

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      Mary Gaines 5 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

      So awesome to have found you.....I am now a follower and love the way you make us think about this very important issue - trusting God....thank you for this beautiful hub and a reminder as well.

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      YvetteParker 5 years ago from AUGUSTA, GA

      Thanks Lastheart for your encouragement. Much love to you.

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 5 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      I love it very complete with good examples. Don't stop sharing God's Word. These are holy words: "God's plan is always greater than any harm man attempts to send our way."

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      YvetteParker 5 years ago from AUGUSTA, GA

      Oceansider, I am so glad that you enjoyed reading this article and was encouraged by it. May we always remember to profess "But God" because just as you have said, "Jesus can do anything"!

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      oceansider 5 years ago

      Dear Yvette,

      I loved reading your article and yes, we do need to stop whining and just trust that Jesus can do anything. We ask that His perfect Will would be done! ..... Acts 13:30 is a wonderful example "But God raised Him (Jesus), from the dead"..... Thank you sister for encouraging us!

      God bless you, Helen

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      YvetteParker 5 years ago from AUGUSTA, GA

      I speak God's blessings and favor upon you, my sister in the faith - Judah's Daughter as you carry out His purpose and plan for your life during this season in which so many are falling away from the gospel and putting their own spin on God's Holy Word; deceiving many. Woe unto them! I'm so glad God, our Father is a "But God" who's able to deliver and set captives free! Continue to walk out II Tim 2:15. Love you much!

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      Judah's Daughter 5 years ago from Roseville, CA

      Oh, how this ministered to my heart, sister YvetteParker! Look at Jacob - God had a PLAN that Jacob didn't have, but Jacob trusted God!! Leah gave birth to 10 of the 12 tribes, where Rachel would not have. Look at Rachel's first-born, Joseph and what God did in that situation! The LORD our GOD is SOVEREIGN; may we TRUST in Jeremiah 29:11 (so many great verses) and BELIEVE. Just stay obedient to His voice (ref. Abraham, the 'father of FAITH') and He will accomplish His will.

      I think of even Jonah - he 'rebelled' against God, in the natural sense, but BECAUSE of his rebellion, all those on that boat that took off as pagans BELIEVED in the True God when they threw him overboard! GOD HAS THE VICTORY, AMEN! Trust and obey; for there's NO OTHER WAY to be happy (content) in Jesus, but to TRUST and OBEY (love that hymn)!!

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      YvetteParker 5 years ago from AUGUSTA, GA

      Thank you glmclendon. I am truly thankful to God for trusting me with this word.

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      glmclendon 5 years ago

      Yvette, what a master piece. I know there was much work put into this, but God is able. You touched hearts and brough a good word to all of us. Some needed to hear and some just love to hear the word of God.

      May he bless you and keep His hand on you,bcause you are His child.

      Stay Well

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      YvetteParker 5 years ago from AUGUSTA, GA

      Dave, thank you for sharing your comments. I agree, bartering causes you to miss the glory of God because we don't want to go through anything. God is not interested in playing "let's make a deal" with us; but rather in us submitting to His perfect will and plan for our lives without the whining and complaining.

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      Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Dear sister Yvette: Thank you! No truer words have ever been written.

      Why would anyone who loves God procrastinate against God and His Holy Will? We know that like it or not, sooner or later God's will, will be done.

      Another thing we as mortals seem to like to do is to barter with God. I will do this, if you will do that, often not realizing our that, could cost us by causing us difficulty down the road.

      It is much easier and safer to ask God for something straight out, then patiently wait upon God's answer, rather than to bargain for what we might think we need.

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      YvetteParker 5 years ago from AUGUSTA, GA

      Amen, sisters. You both have inspired me by what you have shared here. Thank you so much Hyphenbird and Rina for reading and sharing your thoughts and encouragement.

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      Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Satan wants to beat the faith out of us and we often help him by whining. Absolute obedience and faith are crucial to closeness and fulfillment with God. I read a biography about a former slave who learned not to ask but to do. He was driving in the mountains of Virginia where no homes or people were about for miles. The Holy Spirit told him to pull over. He didn't but turned around and went back to that spot. He obediently played his portable organ and sang the same song all day long. He did not stop to drink or eat. Late in the day, a man crept from the woods and spoke. He had been watching and listening all day. He had retreated to the woods to escape from God. Seeing the reverend, he was led back to God.

      We never know the big picture that God sees when He tells us something. I am striving to never whine or say "But Lord" and to say "Yes, Lord".

      Thank you for the devotional. Joy in Jesus, Hyphenbird.

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      Rina Pinto 5 years ago from Dubai - UAE

      Amen! wonderful Word of God Revealing This Beautiful Act of "But God" Hallelujah! indeed His Word must be in our mouth, our hearts & our minds 24 x 7 only Trusting and putting faith with Actions like "But God"

      Thanks for the wonderful truth behind this beautiful Word of God "But God" God Bless you dear sister!