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Today’s 333 Devotional: “And, But, and Yet”
In Nehemiah chapter 9, the leaders reviewed their past in what I call the “And,” “But,” and “Yet” of God.
From verse 5 through verse 15 they recount the past blessings of God. These are the “Ands” of Scriptures, where fourteen times they use the word “and” to recount God’s faithfulness, goodness, grace, and blessings.
“Ands” are God’s promises as He covenanted with the Jews through Abraham upon his deliverance as He delivered them from their Egyptian bondage, and upon His tender guidance during their turbulent wilderness experience.
The “Ands” for us are when we take time and reflect upon the goodness of God. It’s when we reflect upon the goodness of God. We need to reflect upon the New Covenant where we’ve been delivered from our bondage to sin, fear, and death through Jesus Christ and His death upon the cross, and the tender guidance of the Holy Spirit through our own wilderness experience until we make it to the promised land of heaven.
Then comes the “Buts” of God’s word.
“Buts” are those honest recitations of how stubborn, proud, and arrogant we are despite all of the goodness and grace God has poured out.
“But after they had rest, they again did evil before You. Therefore You left them in the hand of their enemies, so that they had dominion over them.” (Nehemiah 9:28)
Just as there is a time to reflect upon the “Ands” of God’s goodness, we need to spend time and honestly evaluate the “Buts” of our disobedience.
But the “Buts” do not end God’s word to us; the “Yets” are still to come.
The “Yets” is how God is willing and desirous to save in spite of our disobedience and sin. That even though we may be faithless, God remains faithful. These are the “Yets” of God’s word.
“Yet when they returned and cried out to You, You heard from heaven; and many times You delivered them according to Your mercies.” (Nehemiah 9:28)
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