Yes, God, BUT.... Have you ever found yourself saying that? I know I have.
We say yes to one thing God calls us to do, but are not so willing to do another.
We are obedient in one way, but in another we are reluctant or think our own way is better.
Yes, God, BUT.... Saul was the first king of Israel, and he definitely had a "yes, God, but..." moment.
In 1 Samuel 15, God commands Saul and his army to defeat and destroy all of the idolatrous Amalekites, along with all the plunder.
Now, Saul does defeat and destroy them, BUT, he lets the king live. And....he and his men take some of the plunder with them that they find appealing.
When he is questioned, Saul tells Samuel that he did obey the Lord by destroying the Amalekites, he just let the king live and took some of the plunder with him to use for sacrifice. Really he was saying, "Yes, God, but..." It is important to ask ourselves what our "yes, God, but" is really about.
Are we allowing ourselves to "plunder" in ways we should not?
Are we fearful of letting go and letting God be in control?
Are we letting people or things - "idols" - live in our hearts and decisions that we should be letting die?
Are we working at destroying sin and idolatry in our lives, but allowing just that one thing to remain and live without trying to destroy it?
Samuel's response to Saul in 1Samuel 15:22, is to tell him that obedience is better and more pleasing to the Lord than any offering or sacrifice.
Reflect for awhile on these things today. Presently, what are you saying, "yes, God, but..." about?
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