Sitting Back on Our ‘Buts’

When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, He said, “the Lord is with you, mighty warrior.” “But sir,” Gideon replied, “if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us?” (Judges 6:12-13a NIV)

It was a bad childhood habit of mine–sitting back on my ‘but’ when I didn’t want to do something. The word was one of my favorites, “But mom, I can’t clean my room. I have soccer practice.”

Another young man in the Bible had the same problem. God sent an angel with a message for Gideon, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?” (Judges 6:14)

But Lord…

This makes the second time Gideon sat back on his ‘but” in just three verses of scripture! Thankfully, the extremely patient angel gives it another go: “I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites together.” (Judges 6:16)

Finally, our reluctant hero accepts the mission. Apparently, Gideon doesn’t realize, until after the second but, that God will do the delivering–not him.

If God tells you to do something, don’t sit back on your ‘but.’ Get off you BUTT and do it!

Sacrifice thank offerings to God, fulfill your vows to the Most High, and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me. (Psalm 50:14-15 NIV)

We get the deliverance, but God get’s the glory.

So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. (Hebrews 10:35-36 NIV)






14 responses to “Sitting Back on Our ‘Buts’”

  1. davidsdailydose Avatar

    You’re welcome! I’m talking to myself as well. Keep taking those amazing pictures of your journeys—even if it’s not far away. I find them therapeutic.💕

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  2. Island Traveler Avatar

    Thanks for today’s motivation. When we see our work as a calling, we stress and challenges as God’s way of molding us into better people ready for anything.

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  3. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I like it! Exchange one conjunction with a better one. Thanks for reading and sharing. Blessings.


  4. iandthoureflections Avatar

    During these past few years, I have learned to replace most of my “buts” with “yet”. It really does change the perspective of it. Thank you for sharing!

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  5. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you for reading and commenting. You’re welcome. I’m reminding myself as well. Blessings.

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  6. DeborahMarie Avatar

    I’ve heard it said that delayed obedience is disobedience. Thanks for the reminder!

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  7. davidsdailydose Avatar

    You’re welcome, Chris. God Bless.


  8. Musings&Roses Avatar

    And you too🙇😇🙇

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  9. Chris Miller Avatar

    Thanks. I was inspired by the nudge.

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  10. davidsdailydose Avatar

    You’re welcome. I am nudging myself as well. May God bless you too.

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  11. Musings&Roses Avatar

    Thanks for the nudge. and I love the humour too. God bless you 🙏

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  12. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you. I just finished a six mile run. My body would have rather not, but I made it


  13. Ladysag77 Avatar

    This is so inspiring and lovely, with a sprinkle of humor😊

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  14. pastorpete51 Avatar

    Great word! I guess I’ll have to get off mine and go do something instead! Blessings for your Lord’s Day.

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