One of the most comforting phrase the Bible has to offer us is "but God." In the moments when the human ability has run its course and hope may seem very distant, "but God." God is not surprised by the trails that we experience in our lives. He is not dismayed or caught off guard by them. The situations will seem very hopeless to us because often we truly have no control over them. 2 Chronicles 20:12 depicts such feelings to us, "We have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us." We all know of these moments. Those times were situation at hand is too great for us to handle on our own. The verse continues, "We do not know what to do." At this moment, God's people have found the end of their rope. Their ability has come to an end. How do we feel in these moments? There is a fear of what is to happen next. These helpless moments are followed by the "but God" moments! At this moment, God's people say, "but our eyes are on you." What is our first reaction when we feel lost, and the situation we are in is out of our control? God's people set an example for us in these moments. They set their eyes on a faithful God who has guided them to trials for generations.
God shows his people time after time that he keeps his promise and that he is faithful. This week I want you to think of those "but God" moments that you have had in your life. Start this conversation with your students. Ask them if there has ever been a time where they had no idea what to do. Give them an example from your life. How did God reveal himself in that situation?