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'But God.....But If Not.....Nevertheless'
by Travis Wiginton
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V. Raymond Edman, President of Wheaton College for 20 years, authored 18 books before his death in 1967. My favorite book by him is entitled, 'But God'.

He dedicated it to his eye surgeon who helped preserve his eyesight,
however his greatest vision was from God.
There are 35 chapters and each one deals with a place in the Bible that speaks of God.
He said, 'But' is a conjunction with a difference. It adds additional information, but also changes the impression and input of that which precedes it."

We see this in the Scriptures....for example:
Ephesians 2:3-4:
"BUT GOD, Who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, even when we were dead in sins, has made us alive together with Christ, for by grace we are saved."

Acts 13:29:
"They took Jesus down from the tree and laid Him in the grave, BUT GOD raised Him from the dead."
If God can do these miracles -- salvation and resurrection -- surely God can make a difference in us and through us.

While at a Pan-American Conference, U.S. Sec. of State Charles Evan Hughes instructed his interpreter to give him a translation, but emphasized.....
"I want you to give me every word after the speaker says 'But',
for what follows 'but' is most important."

As we proceed with this week's paper, name your own situation and say, 'BUT GOD'.
Several other Scriptures:

Psalms 73:1-4 and 22-26: "BUT GOD is the strength of my heart and my portion forever."

Genesis 39:1-2 and 20-21: "BUT GOD was with Joseph."

Genesis 39-50 deal with God and Joseph's partnership in all of the happenings
(good and bad). The theme of his life is in Genesis 50: 19-21:
"Joseph said to his brothers (who had wronged him grievously)
'Fear not, for I am in the place of God.
You thought evil of me, BUT GOD meant it for good, to save His people alive.
Now, fear not for God will save us all."

During the years while raising our 6 children, La Moyne had a saying on our refrigerator, "And it came to pass".
It makes a big difference in attitude and action if by faith we believe, 'BUT GOD' will help it 'come to pass'
(while also remembering that it 'came to pass'.....'not to stay!')

While battling severe back pain the past several months, typing up this paper each week has been a bit of a challenge at times for La Moyne. We both try to think of others who are in much more difficult situations, such as Annie Johnson Flint who suffered many painful afflictions....yet she wrote such beautiful poetry.

One of her poems was 'BUT GOD'.....
'I know not, BUT GOD knows; oh blest rest from fear!
All my unfolding days to Him are plain and clear.
Each anxious puzzled 'why? From doubt or dread that grows,
Finds answer in this thought; I know not, but He knows!

I cannot, BUT GOD can; Oh, balm for all my care!
The burden that i drop, His hand will lift and bear,
Though eagle pinions tire, I walk where once I ran.
This is my strength to know I cannot, but He can.

I see not, but God sees; Oh, all sufficient light!
My dark and hidden way to Him is always bright.
My strained and peering eyes may close in restful ease,
And I in peace may sleep, I see not, but He sees.

There is a stronger faith needed than 'BUT GOD' and that is 'BUT IF NOT'.

Two great examples are in the book of Daniel:
Daniel 3: 17,18,24,25.
The three Hebrews (Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego) refused to bow down and worship idols.
"We are not careful to answer thee in this manner. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning, fiery furnace and He WILL deliver us out of your hand, O King. BUT IF NOT, be it known unto thee O King, that we will NOT serve your gods nor worship the golden image which you have set up."

Daniel 6 tells us that Daniel was forbidden to pray to his God, but he did so anyway saying,
"My God can deliver me, BUT IF NOT, I will not cease praying to my God."
Daniel got the lions' den, but God delivered him from the lions into a full life of service and prophecy.

A chorus that we used to sing in our youth group was 'My Lord Knows The Way Through The Wilderness':
'My Lord knows the way through the wilderness.....all I have to do is follow.'

You name YOUR wilderness and God's sufficiency is sufficient.
It may not come out as you desired, but God can give you what He desires and that is obedience, love, discipline and growth.
God really does give more grace (James 4:6)
and increases our strength (Isaiah 40:28-30).

'Nevertheless' is the 3rd conjunction that shows great faith, trust and action.
Webster defines it as 'in spite of that'...or...'however'.
Young's Concordance says, 'Yet indeed'.
'Nevertheless' is used over 30 times in the Scriptures and what follows, has tremendous meaning.

Matthew 26:36-46:
Jesus in Gethsemane, prayed, "Let this cup pass from me, NEVERTHELESS not my will but Thine be done."
We need to pray this prayer, no matter what we're going through...or what we may face.
It is the NEVERTHELESS of Commitment.

Luke 13:32-33:
No matter the opposition, Jesus said, "NEVERTHELESS I must walk and work God's will for me."
We will have opposition, but this attitude is good for us also!

John 16:7-16:
Jesus said, "It is necessary for you that I go away, NEVERTHELESS I will send the Comforter (Holy Spirit)."
In the rest of this passage, He lists all that the Holy Spirit can accomplish in and through us.

Luke 5:5: Peter said to Jesus,
"We have fished all night and have caught nothing, NEVERTHELESS at Your Word, we will let down our nets."
This they did....and they were blessed!

Here is a list of other Scriptures using the word 'NEVERTHELESS' for your own personal study.
The Nevertheless of Concern.............................I Samuel 15:34-35
The Nevertheless of What the Scripture says.....Galatians 4:30
The Nevertheless of Confidence.........................II Timothy 1:12 and 2:19
The Nevertheless of Chastening.........................Hebrews 12:11
"No chastening for the present seems to be joyous, but grievous;
NEVERTHELESS afterward, it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness."
God's Nevertheless to the Churches...................Revelation 2-3

In Wm. J. Reynolds' book 'Songs of Glory', he shares stories about the authors of some 300 songs.
One of those is about the famous song writer, Andrae Crouch and how God gave him the music and words to the song, "Through It All". While Crouch was in the depths of depression, he became keenly aware of God's healing in his life.
Sitting at the piano, God gave him these words:

'I've had many tears and sorrows,
I've had questions for tomorrow,
There've been times I didn't know right from wrong.
But in every situation, God gave blessed consolation
That my trials come to only make me strong.

Through it all, Through it all,
I've learned to trust in Jesus,
I've learned to trust in God.
Through it all, through it all,
I've learned to depend upon His Word.

I've been to lots of places,
And I've seen lots of faces,
There've been times I felt so all alone;
But in my lonely hours,
Yes, those precious lonely hours,
Jesus let me know that i was His own.

Through it all, Through it all,
I've learned to trust in Jesus,
I've learned to trust in God.
Through it all, through it all,
I've learned to depend upon His Word.

I thank God for the mountains,
And I thank Him for the valleys,
I thank Him for the storms

He brought me through;
For if I'd never had a problem,
I wouldn't know that He could solve them.
I'd never know what faith in God could do.

Through it all, Through it all,
I've learned to trust in Jesus,
I've learned to trust in God.
Through it all, through it all,
I've learned to depend upon His Word.

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Keith Thomas 06 Mar 2006
Great article as usual. I will search for the book But God. The lives that you and LaMoyne have lived are a testimony to the truth of But God. To quote a well known song that could have been written about you "Thank you for giving to the Lord".


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