What if… – Weekly Sermon – March 31, 2019

Sunday, March 31, 2019

“What If…”

Proverbs 3:5-6

Those two words have been said by just about everyone.

They Can make us do things we never thought that we could do or they can hinder us from doing things or performing acts and deeds out of fear and trepidation.

We can say those two words in a questioning or inquisitive manner.

We can tell them in an excitable or hopeful way.

We can say this in a manner of doubt and fear.

Voice inflection can determine how those words are heard and received as well.

What if… questioning

What if… hopeful

What if… Fearful

Saying those 2 words “what if” often determines our hearts reasoning.  

What if you say them in a questioning or inquisitiveness?

That doesn’t mean you don’t trust in the Lord most often we say these words in just a need to know why.

Here are some examples of this:

“What if” it rains too much and floods?

“What if” that job promotion comes through?

“What if” the rapture would happen today?

“What if” someone gave $1000000 to the Phase 2 project?

Said in this manner, it’s all about possibilities.

Now what if we can say them in fear and by having trepidation?  Let say, hypothetically,

“What if” tomorrow never comes?

“What if” my wife is unfaithful?

“What if our business dries up?

“What if” my tests come back cancerous?

These could be said out of fear because no one likes unanswered questions in life.

Yet, whether it’s said in fear, apprehension, trepidation, this is the manner in which we are not trusting in God as we must and need to.

Trust in the Lord with all of thy heart and lean not upon your own understanding, but acknowledge him in all thy ways and he will direct your path.

“What if”  when said in or asked in the right sense of mind and heart is still trusting God, when we say “What if” we have to understand that God’s sovereign and divine will determine the answer to it.

When “What if” is said in the wrong way and our heart and mind is not trusting as we should, then we lean upon our own understanding, we don’t acknowledge the Lords sovereign authority and we trust fate to direct our paths.

We can spend a lifetime considering “What Ifs”

People in the Bible said this and pondered this.

When Moses was instructed to lead the Israelites, he said, “What if Joseph they don’t believe me?”

When asked to fetch the new wife for Isaac, Abrahams son, their servant asked, What if they young woman refuses to come with me”

Anxiety seems to be a common base many times when those two words are said.

They all had a desire what would happen to if things went haywire.

This opens up a dilemma.  It makes me wonder if our lives are lived out by using the term “What if”.  Is God, then really enough for us?

He is and will always be if we trust in him with all of our hearts and acknowledge his authority and guidance.  

What if we stopped using those words and that term and began to say, “Even if”

This would eliminate our questioning and fears and would only leave hope.

Can we possibly change from a “What if” kind of faith to an “Even if” type of faith?

Coming full circle from our hypothetical types of “What if” faith.  Let’s look at them this way:

Even if it rains too much and floods I will trust Him

Even if I lose my job I will trust Him

Even if my car doesn’t pass inspection I will trust Him.

Even if my test score is bad I will trust Him.

Even if I don’t graduate at the top of my class.  I will trust Him.

Even if my wife or husband is unfaithful I will trust Him.

Even if my business closes I will trust Him.

Even if my test came back with cancer I will trust Him.

Do you see the difference.  There is no distrust there is only trust now.

Let’s make a decision today – Let’s quit asking and saying what if and start saying “Even if” the worst scenario happens I will trust and acknowledge the Lord and He will direct my path.

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