The word “but” is one of 7 coordinating conjunctions in the English language. This conjunction introduces a clause or phrase contrasting it with what has already been mentioned. But indicates the impossibility of anything other than what is being stated. When an individual or writer opts to place a but in their sentence, this de-emphasizes the previous statement. Thus, if you want a faith that is genuine, excuses highlighted by the term but need to be eliminated.
But He said this to test Philip, because He knew what He was about to do. 7 Philip answered, “Two hundred denarii (200 days’ wages) worth of bread is not enough for each one to receive even a little,” John 6:6-7.
During his three year earthly ministry, Jesus wanted to see his disciples progress, grow in their faith. From time to time, Jesus asked questions to assess their degree of faith. In the passage above, Jesus already made up his mind, to feed thousands of followers in the crowd. However, Jesus is curious about how his disciples will respond to his request. Philip took an inventory of the crowd, finding a boy with food, serving as a good starting point. Unfortunately, Philip’s faith was overshadowed in the passage below with the one word, but.
8 One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, 9 “There is a little boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish; but what are these for so many people?” – John 6:8-9
If only Philip had the discipline to stop his mind from doubting God’s power. Yet, when push comes to shove, human minds struggle to believe in miracles. When conditions defy logic or science, its hard to imagine that faith can move physical mountains, Matthew 21:20-22. Nonetheless, if disciples witnessed healings by Jesus every day, but shouldn’t have entered their minds. Therefore, if you want a faith without the buts, cling to God’s Word so that you are regularly reminded by what Jesus has done in the past and what God has the ability to do in your future .
by Jay Mankus