THE WHAT IFS

Matt.6:26 – Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?

I think too often fear of the future effects our actions. How many wanted to go into the ministry but the what ifs got them? “What if the Lord doesn’t open the doors for ministry? Maybe I should get a business degree just in case.” Then there is the impression to start a business to create wealth for a mission project or a ministry but the what if’s step in again. “What if I fail? What if I go bankrupt?” That’s probably why the Lord said “Make your calling and election sure”. Then there is the desire to start tithing and giving offerings. You guessed it, the what ifs showed up again. “What if the Lord doesn’t give back like the word says He will?” What is the answer to these “what ifs”? Soaking yourself in the promises of God is the sure answer. He says things like “even a sparrow doesn’t fall to the ground without your Father knowing it” and “I have been young and now I am old and I have never seen the righteous forsaken or His seed begging bread”. Here is how Charles Spurgeon explains this verse.

“Thought we may take; but anxious, carking care we must not know. Our most pressing bodily wants are not to engross our minds. Our life is more important than the food we eat, or the clothes we wear. God who gives us life will give us bread and raiment. We should much more care how we live than how we eat: the spiritual should go before the bodily, the eternal before the temporal. What we wear is of very small importance compared with what we are. Therefore let us give our chief care to that which is chief, yea, our sole thought to the one all-absorbing object of all true life, the glory of God.”

What if the Lord does come through? What if He opens the door for ministry and thousands are effected? What if He puts His hand on your business idea and millions of dollars actually go into ministry endeavors? What if you begin to tithe and you start to see unexpected income coming your way: raises, checks in the mail, inheritances, and new unexpected sources of income? You will never really know until you respond by faith; launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.

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