One of the more interesting selections in the 1978 adaptation of “The Wiz” was performed by the good witch, the title “Believe in Yourself.” The statement this song made helped to usher in a generational mindset that had already began to take root leaving a lasting impression on our society. The message has yet to slow down and continues to grow in our culture today. The lesson we continue to learn and pass down generation after generation is one that simply stated, says “success in life comes only if you believe in yourself.” Webster simplified the statement “believing in yourself “defining it with a single word, “confidence”
Today society firmly believes self-confidence is a crucial element in the formula for success in life. It is further supposed if you do not believe in yourself which is to say without confidence failure looms over the horizon of your future, after all what else is there? To be confident is to have trust, belief, faith, conviction, it is further defined as being sure, certain, unwavering, undoubting. But in order to be sure, there must be an assurance.
When Moses was told by God at the burning bush to go before Pharaoh and demand the freedom of his brothers and sisters. Moses, the one that is acclaimed for his courageousness and vision, was in that moment unsure of himself. He began to make excuses and to think of reasons why he shouldn’t carry out the commands of God. He complained about not being able to speak well, and everything else he could think of that he felt made him inadequate for the job at hand. He even wondered by what authority he would be speaking. But God stepped in.
When reading the Scriptures, one cannot help but notice the oft-repeated expression “But God…” These two words signal a change, a contrast, or a clarification is coming next. “But God.” What follows this significant transition is intended to challenge our faith and change our life. When He is brought into the picture, God makes all the difference. When God stepped into the situation before Moses, He ask Moses what he was holding, God then asks Moses to throw down what he was holding, God then told Moses to pick up what he had thrown to the ground, then commanded him to go forward and use what he had.
“But God” what a difference these two words make. Just bring God into the picture, into your life, into your situations, and He will transform your circumstances, your life, above all He will transform you. God will bring His Power, and His Beauty into every aspect of your life. The little conjunction “but” looms large in literature, but never larger than when coupled with the name of “God.” If we put the word “but” after “God,” there is paralysis. When the word “but” is put before “God,” there is power. Properly placed together in your life, these two words, “But God” announce a change from grief to hope, from defeat to victory, from sin to salvation, from darkness to light, from death to life.
Never has there been a time in history when so many people are consciously trying to get rid of God in their lives, in their homes, in our schools, and even in our governments. It is sad to see the heart of ungodly man so bent on removing the very One we need and attempting to replace Him with self. “With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). The sinner needs “But God” for the salvation of his soul (John 1:12, 13; Romans 5:8; 6:23). The saved need “But God” for strength and guidance in his pathway of discipleship (Psalm 73:24-28; 2 Corinthians 3:5). When trials come, the child of God lays hold upon the “But God” of 1 Corinthians 10:13. Those who are faithful and devoted to God in service and giving rely on the “But God” of Philippians 4:19, which is a specific promise to them. With man, none of these are possible! I trust you will be blessed with the changing power of “But God” in your life.
The good brought about because of our “Believe in Yourself” generation, also known for its “name it and claim it” philosophy is that it encourages us not to limit ourselves, or God. Unfortunately with this approach it also misapplies the words of Jesus. For example, a corollary of Jesus’ words in Mark 9:23 is that “all things are possible for [God]”—words Jesus spoke on the night of His arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane (Mark 14:36). Jesus believed it was possible for Him not to go to the cross, and He also believed it was possible for God to keep Him from that suffering. Yet He went to the cross anyway.
Our beliefs and all the possibilities have to be in line with the will of God. That’s how Jesus lived His life and how He taught His disciples to live – John 5:30. When our lives are lived in obedience to God’s will, nothing is impossible. Forget your own dreams of possible and seize the moments of impossible believing you can do ALL things through Him having confidence believing in the God in you.