One thing that I’ve learned as I’ve tried to live as a Christ follower is that life is tough.  It didn’t take me long to discover that life can sometimes seem very unfair.  I think sometimes Christians think that once they accept Christ into their life, everything will begin running smoothly in their life.  That’s not always the case.

Jesus said that “in this life, you will have trouble.” (John 16:33).  If you’re not in a trial now, one thing is for sure.  You will have them in the future.  Hard times come.   Going through tough times is not an issue of being unlucky or lacking faith.  It’s just life in a messed up world.

In tough times, I often hear statements like these:

“I know that God loves me BUT I don’t understand why I have to go through life hurting like this.”

“I know God is sovereign BUT if that’s the case, why can’t I find a job?”

The problem with these statements is that the BUT is in the wrong place. The Bible tells the story of Job and others who loved God with all of their hearts, however, things went wrong in their lives.

Job didn’t throw in the towel when life came crashing down on him. He kept trusting God. Job 13:15 quotes Job as saying, “Though he slay me, yet I will trust Him.” Job was trusting with everything he had…even his own life.

Now, back to the BUT being in the wrong place. Let’s rearrange the above sentences with the BUT in the right place.

“I am hurting alot and I don’t understand, BUT I know that God loves me. I trust Him.”

“I haven’t found a job yet BUT I hope in God because He is sovereign. He knows what I need and He cares for me.”

The difference in the statements is the placement of the BUT. One focuses on the challenge and the other focuses on God.  The first two has the focus on our limitations and the other focuses on how big God is.

Let’s focus our “BUTS” on who God is and not focus so much on our challenges. When we focus on who God is and not so much on our challenges, those challenges seem to get a bit smaller in comparison to the God that we serve.

Does any of this make sense to you?