But the THING β he had done displeased the Lord. (2 Samuel 11:27)
BUT GOD or But the THING
The tale of the tape: There are BUT God moments, then there are BUT the THING moments.
"But King Solomon loved many strange women..." (1 Kings 11:1-8) The BUT the THING moments never end well and they cast a blurry reflection upon the unstable waters of life. Circumstance may be different but the results are always the same β something dies. We all need more, "BUT God..." moments in our lives.
Good intentions, of any kind, no matter their motive, are still lies WHEN they're NOT rooted in truth. We can't let our reasoning give us a REASON to say, "We said..." rather than "God said!" Good intentions are never a legitimate excuse for failing to seek, trust and obey the Lord.
That's why Proverbs 3:5-6 is NOT a mere suggestion but a way of life for the disciple of the Lord.