Move Your “BUTs” Away

They came back to Moses and Aaron and the whole Israelite community at Kadesh in the Desert of Paran. There they reported to them and to the whole assembly and showed them the fruit of the land. They gave Moses this account: "We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit. But the people who live there are powerful and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there.
Numbers 13:26-28 (NIV)

The Lord told Moses to send leaders from every tribe to explore the land that He is going to give the Israelites. Everyone of them saw this in common: the land was flowing with milk and honey.

Of the 12 people who scouted out the land there was Joshua and Caleb. Both of them were confident of possessing the land, and they wanted to leave immediately and step into the promise land.

But the 10 other men who scouted with them feared the sons of Anak, since they were of great stature and courage. “Yes the land was flowing with milk and honey, but the inhabitants were the sons of Anak, who come out of giants. We won't be able to defeat them. (Numbers 13:33)”

They could possess the promise land, but the factor that stops them - 10 of them came back with evil reports, “But we won't be able to conqueror the land. They are like giants and we are like grasshoppers.” Their “BUTs” stopped them from entering into the promise that God has for His people.

Come to think of it, aren't we sometimes like the 10 men? We see our situations, and we think that they are big, gigantic problems, and we look at ourselves, being small and frail, and we became disheartened because we are afraid we couldn't conqueror and rise above the problem.

“God, but this problem has been there for so long. It seemed so big, and look at me, the frail and skinny one. My problems will trample over me and I won’t see any promises come to pass at all.” We look at how small we are, and we became so tired till we give up the fight altogether.

Our “BUTs” stop us from entering into the promise that God has for our lives. When all God required of us was that simple step to obedience and faith, we keep whining to God, But this ain't a good solution” and But that won't work out.”

Stop seeing how small you are. Even if you think your problems are mountains piled up in the sky, and you're like an ant, God said that “There is no defense and protection over the enemy (Numbers 14:9).” God's protection is over the righteous, for it is said that “The righteous will flourish like a palm tree and they shall be fruitful (Psalm 92:12).”

Be careful not to forget the LORD, who rescued you from slavery in the land of Egypt.
Deuteronomy 6:12 (NLT)

Remember those times when God's mighty hand was upon those situations in your life. Times when you thought everything was going right and times when you rose above those difficult situations. Why are you so fast to forget the power of the hand of God? How many times have you seen the great plans of God come to pass in your life? And now that a problem arose, why are you so fast to forget the promises that God always had a great plan for your life?

The “BUTs” of the person who doesn't recognise the Almighty God delays the promises of God from coming to pass into their life; the person who stands strong and doesn't let problems sway his understanding of who God is inhabits the promises that God has for his life. Are you going to be like Caleb and Joshua, or like those 10 men who tested the Lord and kept giving “BUTs” to God?

While they are still flowering, not ready to be cut, they begin to wither more quickly than grass. The same happens to all who forget God. The hopes of the godless evaporate.
Job 8:12- 13 (NLT)

Father, let me not forget, but give me a clearer understanding of who You are. Holy Spirit, guide me with the truth of God so that I will not doubt but walk with greater intimacy with You today.


  1. What a great post! I love this. "but..." no more! Move out in faith : )

  2. Awesome post. Oh yes, I can be just like the 10. But if God is for us, then who can be against us?


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