“For the Lord God is a sun and shield;The Lord will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly” (Psalm 84:11).
I remember when our oldest daughter left for college. I was so distressed about her being away from home that one morning at the breakfast table, I had an emotional meltdown. I began to ask my husband all those questions I had been pondering in my mind. What if something bad happens to her? What if she has a bad car accident? What if she gets with the wrong crowd? To which he calmly reminded me that we don’t have control over any of those things, but God does. And, if for whatever reason, He allows any of those things to happen, we will cross that bridge when we come to it. He definitely did not think it was pleasing to God for me to sit around and worry about it all the time.
What if? It’s a land of doubt where so many choose to dwell. After all, many bad things can happen, right? Things can happen beyond our control — things we have no say over. It happens to people every day. It could happen in my family or yours.
What if I have a heart attack?
What if I get cancer and die at a young age? What if I lose my job and my security?
What if I lose a child?
The list could go on and on and on, couldn’t it? You can probably think of things I haven’t listed. Every person has a set of secret fears and worries — issues that one would never even give voice to, daring not to even mention them for fear it might really happen. But, what if we turn around and look at it from God’s perspective? He never says, “What if?” but “I can!” We have the question; He has the answer:
“I can heal you of any affliction.” “I can give you hope for despair.”
“I can make a way where there is no way.” “I can perform a miracle for you today.”