The Sorrows of Having a Big But



But. I hear this word from my eleven-year-old all. Day. Long.  But I can’t. But it’s too hard. But I tried that already. So my aim as a parent is to encourage. To help my son look past his insecurity and realize he’s stronger, smarter, than he believes.

How often do we say this to God? He asks us to step out, and our big but gets in the way. We either doubt we heard Him correctly—thinking it could just be us—or our insufficiencies deter us from going beyond our comfort zone.

The pivotal aspect about this is God WANTS us to step out in order to bless us further.

Do you remember the disciples when Jesus told them to let down their nets? (Luke 5:4) He used their fishing vessel to preach to the massive crowd. Once finished, He turned to Peter and said: Launch out into the deep water and lower your nets for a catch.

How did Peter respond? (Luke 5:5a amp). “Master, we worked hard all night [to the point of exhaustion] and caught nothing.”

I can almost hear the whine in Peter’s voice. I tried that already, God. It’s tough. My arms ache from navigating the heavy rope. I’m tired.

If Peter would’ve continued in that vein he would’ve missed his miracle. Missed what God intended for him to have. How many times have I missed out because my but was bigger than my desire to obey God? Squandered opportunities. Wasted blessings.

Thankfully Peter realized his mistake and changed his outlook. (Luke 5:5b esv) But at your word I will let down the nets.

Did you catch the switch? He changed the but to one of obedience. To one of faith. Of reliance on what God said rather on how he felt or thought.

He changed his focus from his own failure and shortcomings to Jesus’s word, hoping in His ability. In the past, I’ve failed in that area, relying on my own strength instead of His. Then when God motions me to move, my shoulders slump and I complain “but I did that already, and it failed.” Friends, there’s a lot to be said about God’s timing and grace. When God says it, He’ll back it up. And that makes all the difference.

So I encourage you to get your big but out of the way and trust His word! He rewards faith. Believe, step out, and watch His blessings cram your nets full. 🙂

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