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