Sunday, April 5, 2020

What If?

In these days of pandemic coronavirus, fear likes to play with the minds of people. It's the "What If" game. Maybe it has played in your mind. It goes something like this, what if this coronavirus lasts longer than the experts projected? What if the economy completely crashes as in the Great Depression? What if I have coronavirus and don't know it? So, fear has a vivid imagination of what could happen. 

"What If" can give you so much worry. If you choose to play the game, please don't spread it to others. It is highly contagious. By the way, it's not the only game in town. There is a positive way to play "What If." What if you use this time to study, enjoy the family, prepare plans for better days ahead, or even have times of worship and prayer? 

You will be interested to know that God has "What If" thoughts for you. Here's one that every believer should consider. God says, what "if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land" (2 Chronicles 7:14).

When it comes to "What If" with God, he is not playing a game. He wants to forgive our sin and heal our land. So, what if God's people believe his promise, taking him at his word? No game with God. It's a real promise, but conditional on our response. "What If" with fear brings worry and discouragement. "What If" with God brings real blessings.