What If …?

June 15, 2011
by Bethany Hayes

Matthew 6:31-32 – Do not worry, saying, "What shall we eat?" or "What shall we drink?" or "What shall we wear?" For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. (NKJV)

Of all the questions we ask in life, the "what if?" questions seem to be the most popular. What if this happens? What if that doesn't happen? What if so-and-so doesn't come through on his promise? What if she were to do such-and-such? What if …? When consumed with worry, we tend to ask the "what if" questions, even though they rarely have answers.

The disciples did the same thing. They turned worrying into frantic questioning. "What shall we eat?" "What shall we drink?" or "What shall we wear?" Jesus explained to His followers that to be free from anxiety involves asking a completely different set of questions — questions with simple answers:

Matthew 6:25b-27,30 – Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? If God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you? (NKJV)

The disciples knew the answers to these questions, and so do we.

Dwelling on the simple, unchangeable truths will turn our focus away from our cares. They already reside in His very capable hands. "What if" we learned to leave them there?

Prayer: Father, only You know the answer to every "what if" question. Help us to rest in the unchangeable truths that You have already revealed in Your Word, and leave what we don't know in Your very capable hands. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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Bethany Hayes <bethany828@comcast.net>
Portland, Oregon, USA

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