The day before you – concerning life, its meaning and end – you believed your thoughts were clear, your strengths were effective and your ways were right and sure. Then there was the day when you came to the end of yourself – the day the Gospel of Jesus Christ overwhelmed your heart with the understanding that, left to confidence in your own clouded thoughts, feeble strengths and wondering ways, you would surely continue on your way of a lesser life and eventually to a death all alone in darkness. And in that moment, God gave you two gifts. First the gift of faith, that you might see and comprehend the next and greater gift in all its glory (Eph 2:8).
Unwrapped, the gift of faith made way for the reality of the gift of the Cross. You can now see in full view the unconditional truth and love of Christ in contrast to the danger ahead. God through faith places before you the sure hope of what was given to your undeserving soul as a greater gift. You see that The Merchant’s price for this gift demands perfect and full payment before it is given – it demands complete reconciliation. The only currency known is Blood drenched and such currency comes only from the hand of The Merchant himself. So you finally see that in Christ there was, and is, the final payment found and then given for you. Miraculously in that moment you know “it is finished” – the blood of One so perfect has satisfied The Merchant and bought your soul off of the road to death in darkness. Now you are sure of it and have given yourself over to it. You’ve pledge your soul to a new life in Christ. A gift given for you, not a deal made by you. This night your head, heart and soul lie on the pillow of faith in Christ and you find satisfying rest. And the next morning when darkness raises its head at the foot of your bed, trust in the former clouded thoughts, feeble strengths and wondering ways seem to habitually be your first grasp. Forgetting your eternal surety, your temporal challenges are answered by you with, “But I…”.
“But” it is a terrible word when it expresses sinful man’s un-trusting attitude towards God…
Jeremiah 6:16–17 – Thus says the Lord: “Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’ 17 I set watchmen over you, saying, ‘Pay attention to the sound of the trumpet!’ But they said, ‘We will not pay attention.’
“But” is a wonderful word when it expresses God’s attitude of grace, love, mercy towards sinful man…
Romans 5:8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Ephesians 2: 4-7 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
When doubt and darkness greet you in the morning or in any moment of the day. Let God speak first – say to darkness, “But God…”
Jeremiah 33:2-3 “The Lord who made the earth, the Lord who forms it to establish it, Yahweh is His name, says this: Call to Me and I will answer you and tell you great and incomprehensible things you do not know.
A compilation of thoughts by Scott Fameli – Credit only to the Lord, through CH Spurgeon and Bible Gateway’s verse of the day.