What is a But God Experience?

Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

To answer this question it is probably best to see some people in the Bible who have experienced a ‘but God’ moment. We’ll just look at a few examples to give an overview, which will help understand this phrase.

Who experienced a ‘But God’ moment?

Abraham and Sarah Genesis 20:1-3 “And Abraham journeyed from thence toward the south country, and dwelled between Kadesh and Shur, and sojourned in Gerar. 2 And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister: and Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah. 3 But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him, Behold, thou art but a dead man, for the woman which thou hast taken; for she is a man’s wife.”
Jacob Genesis 31:4-7 “And Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah to the field unto his flock, 5 And said unto them, I see your father’s countenance, that it is not toward me as before; but the God of my father hath been with me. 6And ye know that with all my power I have served your father. 7 And your father hath deceived me, and changed my wages ten times; but God suffered him not to hurt me.” 
Joseph Acts 7:9-10 “And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt: but God was with him, 10 And delivered him out of all his afflictions, and gave him favour and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh king of Egypt; and he made him governor over Egypt and all his house.” See also Genesis 45:8 – Genesis 48:21 – Genesis 50:20
David 1st Samuel 23:14 “And David abode in the wilderness in strong holds, and remained in a mountain in the wilderness of Ziph. And Saul sought him every day, but God delivered him not into his hand.”
Paul & Epaphroditus Philippians 2:25-27 “Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labour, and fellowsoldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants. 26 For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that ye had heard that he had been sick. 27 For indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.”
All Believers Romans 5:6-8 “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. 8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

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So what is a ‘but God’ moment? It is a time when God steps in and intervenes on our behalf. And if He didn’t… well, let’s just say that things probably wouldn’t end well. They are the times when we say ‘but for the grace of God, there go I!’ ‘I didn’t see any way out… but God, praise His name, intervened.’

So when do ‘but God’ moments occur? 

We see from the brief examples above that they generally occur in times of great difficulty. They are times when the Lord needs to step in. When Abraham, through fear, put his own wife Sarah in harms way… God stepped in and protected her (even if Abraham didn’t!). After Joseph was rejected and sold as a slave by his own brothers, he experienced many but God moments. When David was at his wits end running and hiding in caves from a mad king with a spear and evil intent, he experienced many ‘but God’ moments. The Lord of life Himself was killed and placed in a grave… but God raised Him from the dead! In all of life’s challenges we need to remember that

Christians aren’t kept from storms but they are kept in and through them. 

So when do ‘But God’ moments occur? Well… let’s just say you don’t normally experience a ‘but God’ moment when the sun is shining and the birds are chirping and all is well with your world. 

‘But God’ moments are those that require the Lord to step in when there is no way out of a situation. They come in the times when we have normally run out of options. Our cleverness has failed us. Our resources are depleted. Our health may be struggling. Our ability to wriggle out of a tight spot has let us down. 

Stop and think… So think about it for a moment… Have you experienced some ‘but God’ moments in your life? When did they occur for you? Does the memory of what God did give you in the past give you strength for today and the future? If He showed His kindness and been faithful to you, will He not continue to do so? 

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