“Yet” Is a Wonderful Word

With a new year upon us it can be a a good idea to find your “word of the year.” For 2021, my word is “yet.”

I was reminded last year to focus on what we have and not on what we’ve lost. It was a hard year for so many. Today, with the sinful world continuing to exhibit it’s need for a savior we should always contemplate the incredible gift of Jesus and the salvation He has brought to us. If you will indulge me, I’d like to do a little Bible word study with you.

I began looking at the word “yet” in Scripture (used about 400 times) and found it to be apropos to our discussion. (Too bad it wouldn’t work in a book title because one would think I was writing about Bigfoot [Yeti].)

Look at the following passages for a moment (emphasis mine).

Lamentations 3:20-22 (NLT)
“I will never forget this awful time,
    as I grieve over my loss.
Yet I still dare to hope
    when I remember this:
The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
    His mercies never cease.”

Matthew 7:24-25 (NIV)
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 
The rain came down, the streams rose,
and the winds blew and beat against that house;
yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.”

Habakkuk 3:17-19 (NIV)
“Though the fig tree does not bud
    and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
    and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
    and no cattle in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
    I will be joyful in God my Savior.
The Sovereign Lord is my strength;
    he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
    he enables me to tread on the heights.”

Psalm 42:11 (KJV)
Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

2 Corinthians 4:16 (NASB)
“Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer person is decaying, yet our inner person is being renewed day by day.”

In every sense Jesus is our “yet.” Everything before Him pales when compared to the after.

John 1: 11-12 (NIV)
“He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.”

John 11:25 (KJV)
“Jesus said unto her, ‘I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.'”

He is our hope.
He is our sustenance.
He is our redeemer.
He is the reason for all we do.

If all seems overwhelming…
If all seems impossible….
Remember, God is not finished….yet.

He is our “Yet.”

Soli Deo Gloria.

37 Responses to “Yet” Is a Wonderful Word

  1. Nora Spinaio January 11, 2021 at 5:11 am #

    Yet will I praise Him. Amen

  2. Karen Robbins January 11, 2021 at 5:40 am #

    Yet he brings miracles! Amen.

  3. Jane Duquette January 11, 2021 at 5:55 am #

    Such a small word, yet so encouraging.

  4. Andrew Budek-Schmeisser January 11, 2021 at 5:58 am #

    It’s an early morning after a long, long night, and my bleary eyes misread the title of your post, Steve. Ah, well.

    Yeti is a grand old word,
    my friend, and I’m not plaiyn’,
    sending my mind dancing toward
    something Himalayan
    roaring from a deep crevasse,
    snarling down the ice,
    an ambush in a mountain pass
    without very nice
    table manners at his meal,
    Yak (and Sherpas, too).
    Maybe we might make a deal,
    a super Vegas coup,
    sign him for a cool grudge-match:
    with hometown golden boy, Sasquatch.

    And probably unsurprisingly, my Word or 2021 is “Dude!”

  5. marilyn pardine January 11, 2021 at 6:33 am #

    Though this world looks gray, the color we have made it, yet God’s beauty surrounds us if we look. Thank you, Steve, for the enlightenment, and thank you, God, yet. Amen

    • Teresa January 11, 2021 at 6:41 am #

      Yes, yet he is with us.

  6. Janet Ferguson January 11, 2021 at 6:48 am #

    These are some of my favorite scriptures! Thanks for the reminder! Needed it today!

  7. Kristen Joy Wilks January 11, 2021 at 6:54 am #

    Looking at these verses, I see that it stands in for “even so” or “nevertheless” and that speaks so much about facing the difficult and still trusting, still hoping, still moving forward with God. It reminds me of the song “Joy Invincible” or “Hallelujah Nevertheless” by Switchfoot.

  8. Carrie Turansky January 11, 2021 at 6:58 am #

    Wonderful reminders that our hope is secure. Thank you, Steve!

  9. Bill Bethel January 11, 2021 at 6:59 am #

    “I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me.” Galatians 2:20

  10. Erica Wiggenhorn January 11, 2021 at 7:40 am #

    Everything before Him pales when compared to the after- love this! Brought such a vivid and hopeful picture to my mind’s eye and to my heart! Thank you for this!

  11. Andrew Budek-Schmeisser January 11, 2021 at 7:42 am #

    Steve, if I might be allowed a second thought (and if I’m spamming, please delete, no worries)…

    After posting my somewhat flipaent note above, I had rather a spot of bother with several active tumours for a couple of hours. A kind of penance, I suppose, but it did provide the basis for the sonnet below.

    “And Yet”

    I know exactly what this means,
    wracking pain and abject fear,
    the loss of even simple dreams,
    heartbreak in a single tear.
    Stern resolve will not prevail,
    and nor will that Old College Try;
    the end of life, life doth entail
    and even legends have to die.
    And yet, and yet…though hope is gone
    in these darkling dun-winged days,
    I find my heart will still go on
    to offer thanks, and sing the praise
    of the Lord, my Hope and Friend,
    standing by me at the end.

    • Judith Robl January 13, 2021 at 10:09 pm #

      Andrew, I need to hug you. Put your right hand on your left shoulder, left hand on right shoulder, and squeeze. Or better yet, have your wife do it for me.

  12. Kay DiBianca January 11, 2021 at 7:52 am #

    Wonderful reminder as we start this new year. Thank you.

  13. Karen Ingle January 11, 2021 at 8:30 am #

    Excellent encouragement! Thank you.

  14. Loretta Eidson January 11, 2021 at 8:55 am #

    Yet is a great word to hold onto in this new year. Thank you.

  15. Janice Elder January 11, 2021 at 8:55 am #

    I so needed to hear this today, Steve. When I woke up, I pulled the covers over my head, hesitant to face the day. I’ll get up now, encouraged. -Janice

  16. Lisa Larsen Hill January 11, 2021 at 10:00 am #

    Thank you Steve,

    Your message is especially meaningful with what we are facing. Thank you for the inspiration and the need to pause and absorb its resounding assurance.

    My word for the year is Trust.
    Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding Proverbs 3:5 – Lisa

  17. Damon J. Gray January 11, 2021 at 10:20 am #

    Sometimes the simplest messages are the most profound.

    Thank you, Steve.

  18. Carolyn Elson January 11, 2021 at 10:34 am #

    Amen Steve, thank you for reminding us of this wonderful word.

  19. Debra Celovsky January 11, 2021 at 12:04 pm #

    Beautiful, much-needed word of encouragement, Steve. Thank you.

  20. Karen January 11, 2021 at 12:09 pm #

    Beautiful truth, and just what I needed. Thank you!

  21. Joseph Bentz January 11, 2021 at 12:23 pm #

    Powerful teaching, Steve! Amen!

    • Bonnie Engstrom January 11, 2021 at 9:27 pm #

      Hello, Joseph. Are you the same Joseph Bentz who belonged to the Orange County Christian Writers group thirty some years ago? If so, I’ve always wanted to thank you for encouraging me to attend Mt. Hermon. It was my first writers conference ~ so special. I also got to meet Randy Alcorn in person, as well as many other Christian authors who I later met at ACFW conferences. Your encouragement, as well as Beverly Bush Smith’s, set me on the path to keep writing and finally publish. I have attempted several times to contact you, and I am thrilled you are a Steve Laube client. (I tried twice, but couldn’t make the cut. That’s okay because I am very happy where I am with Winged Publications.) Thank you and bless you for giving me the push I needed.

      Bonnie Engstrom

  22. Margena Skuravy January 11, 2021 at 12:41 pm #

    This might be the single best post you’ve ever done.

  23. Karen January 11, 2021 at 12:42 pm #

    “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.” (2Corinthians 8:9 ESV)

    One small word, yet,it makes all the difference!

    Thank you for this reminder.

  24. Natalie January 11, 2021 at 1:21 pm #

    Wonderful thoughts. Thank you for this!

  25. Frenchy Dennis January 11, 2021 at 6:55 pm #

    Thank you for your trust in our Lord Jesus. I’ve had the opportunity to study with a new believer and those are some of the very verses that have been a great encouragement to us. Again, thank you, for standing strong.

  26. Stacy January 11, 2021 at 11:22 pm #

    Grateful – that’s my word for the year and how I feel about your post.

  27. S. Kim Henson January 12, 2021 at 12:04 am #

    I love this. I’ll notice “yet” throughout the Bible now like I’ve never noticed it before. I’m excited to go read something just to have it jump out.

  28. Stacey Weeks January 12, 2021 at 6:37 am #

    I’m so glad that I clicked to read this post. This is a timely and beautiful word for today and a great example of using your words to build up instead of tear down. Thank you.

  29. Jeanne Takenaka January 12, 2021 at 8:25 am #

    Wow, Steve. I love your word for the year. Yet is powerful. It’s a reminder that all is not as it appears. Yet brings to mind the foundational truths that can frame the temporal struggles we face. I needed this. Thank you.

  30. Mary-Lynn Chambers January 12, 2021 at 10:52 am #

    Hi Steve,
    I love this blog post. During a study last night, in Habakkuk, I shared with the group two bold statements made by Habakkuk during his difficult days.

    Yet…I will wait patiently (3:16)

    Yet…I will rejoice in the Lord; I will be joyful in God my Savior (3:18-19)
    We serve a God who can be trusted!
    Mary-Lynn

  31. Steve Laube January 12, 2021 at 10:58 am #

    Thanks to all for your comments and thoughts. May you be blessed in your continued ministry of words.
    Steve

  32. ACAD-Profy Team January 13, 2021 at 12:11 am #

    I learn something new each time I read this blog. Thank you.

  33. Dr. M.Wayne Clark January 13, 2021 at 8:39 am #

    Steve, I thought our essay on ‘Yet’ was very thoughtful and well written. I hope to see more.

  34. Patricia Lee January 14, 2021 at 11:35 am #

    Your post left me in tears. I so needed this. Thank you.

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