Tuesday, June 9, 2015

What if....?

What if....??? How many times do we ask ourselves this question over a lifetime? I know when I was in basic training this question became a daily one on the minds of my classmates and myself. At first, we were trying to forsee every possible scenario that we could run into and we were trying to gain the knowledge we needed to survive. We were new and we wanted to be prepared for anything. So we would ask questions, especially when we were learning handcuffing techniques, such as what if the subject only has one arm? How do we secure them, and the answer was given by the instructor to handcuff the one arm to the subject's belt or belt loop. But as we questioned throughout our training it became almost a game to see who could come up with the most outrageous "What if..." question. We would "What if..." the instructor constantly, to the point the instructor would give up and jokingly state "just shoot them". We knew at that point we needed to move on and the gig was up, and the "What if..." questions would stop.
But as we move through our days we have probably heard or thought about the "What if..."  questions like:
"What if the cancer returns?" "What if I lose my job?" "What if I lose my house?" "What if this treatment doesn't work?" "What if he or she doesn't love me?" "What if I make the wrong choice?" "What if this marriage doesn't work out?" "What if I'm not a good parent?" "What if I can't get past this struggle?" "What if there is no God?"
Questions that make you stop and think and worry. But we shouldn't have to worry or ask the "What if..." questions if we have Faith. because God tells us...

(Philippians 4:6-8)Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

So we place our trust in God, with Faith that He will take care of us. We hope in this greater power, so that the "What if..." questions don't seem so daunting. We learn to trust that everything will work out according to God's plan and to most this gives us comfort. So the "What if..." questions have less hold on our lives and we are able to live with the Faith that God will provide.

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