What if? We have all asked that question from time to time. Truth be told, there are some of us who can't seem to let go of that question!What if I get sick?
What if we don't have enough money?
What if we can't pay our bills?
What if the car breaks down?
What if the air conditioner can't be fixed?
What if my child gets hurt?
What if I lose my job?
What if I get cancer?
What if we have a storm?
You can complete the question with your own "what if".
A number of years ago, when my husband was working as building and grounds manager for a large insurance company headquartered in our city, he often had to answer that question. Several times a week he would be called into the office of the person to whom he reported, and he would have to answer the question "what are the five worst things that will happen if we do this?"
That became a standing joke around our house! We asked that question about everything. And I do mean everything!
What are the five worst things that will happen if we buy this car? What are the five worst things that will happen if we go to Disney World? What are the five worst things that will happen if we go to the mall? What are the five worst things that will happen if we eat chicken for dinner?
You get the idea. It bordered on ridiculous.
But if you think about it, don't we do the same - border on ridiculous - when we obsess over the "what ifs"? We worry far too much about things that probably won't even happen. But even if some of our "what ifs" actually do become reality, what good does it do us to worry and fret? Does all the worrying and fretting actually prevent any of those bad things from happening? Does all the worrying and fretting actually change anything?
A far better approach to the "what ifs" of our lives is to remember that God has it all under control. To remember that whatever happens to us, even if all our "what ifs" become reality, God knows and understands. And He is working it all together for our good and for His glory.
"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son." (Romans 8:28-29a ESV)
There is one "what if" we should keep in mind. The hymn writer Lelia N. Morris put it this way:
"Jesus is coming to earth again; What if it were today?"
Jesus is coming again. Are you ready?
"Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect." (Matthew 24:44 ESV)