‘But God’ Moments
As a staff team at the Chapel, we begin our week with prayer on a Monday morning. Currently we are praying through the Psalms, and yesterday it was Psalm 74.
What starts as a bleak cry for help amidst persecution and ruin; “O God, why have you rejected us forever?” is turned on its head with verse 12; “But God is my King from long ago; he brings salvation on the earth.”
Many times in scripture, we see a situation turned completely around with these two profound words:
“But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded.” – Genesis 8:1
“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” – Genesis 50:20
“David stayed in the desert strongholds and in the hills of the Desert of Ziph. Day after day Saul searched for him, but God did not give David into his hands.” – 1 Samuel 23:14
“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” – Psalm 73:26
“But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.” – Acts 2:24
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8
“But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.” – 1 Corinthians 1:27
What is your ‘But God’ moment?
Can you recall a time in your life when everything seemed to be falling apart, But God? Can you look back at situations where you desperately cried out to God; ‘Why have you rejected me/forgotten me/allowed harm to come?” and remember the exact moment where God stepped in? I know I can.
Or maybe you are in desperate need for a But God moment right now? Do you have faith that it will come? Scripture tells us that it will.
Being a church in Central London, desperate to see God move by His Spirit; we at Westminster Chapel are desperately longing for a But God moment. Yes 2014 was a wonderful year, where God saved, healed, rescued and restored many, but we still have so far to go if we’re to move into all God has spoken over us.
So many people who don’t know Jesus; there’s so much need in our local community; so much pain and evil in the world; so much more of God’s Spirit that we haven’t yet experienced… sometimes as a staff team and congregation we are forced to cry out ‘God, where are you? Are you holding back from us? Where else can we go?’
Psalm 66:19, “But God has surely listened and has heard my prayer.”
What an amazing assurance this is! He has listened, he has heard, and he will do everything he promised in his time.
If you are feeling discouraged, weary, or losing hope, please please keep longing and seeking for all he has promised for our church and in your lives. Have faith for a But God moment, “for he who promised is faithful.“