What To Do With The "What-ifs"
Sometimes the push of life comes to shove and we find ourselves up backed into the corner of the notorious "what-ifs."
"What if this job falls through and I can't pay my bills?" "What if my marriage doesn't make it through this season?" "What if my health doesn't get better?" "What if this relationship ends?"
Fear loves the unanswered "what-ifs." It thrives on them; feeds on them.
But contrary to common sense, the solution to the "what-if" isn't "well-then," it's actually "He-says." It's in the moments that fear comes knocking on the door of our hearts that the promises of God become the weapons by which we wage war against the lies that would feed fear and anxiety.
Recently I found myself facing the weight of the "what-ifs."
I was up against the reality of some specific situations in my life - situatons that if left unchanged would bring dire consequences. I don't know about you, but fear and the enemy of my soul often have a propensity to find me early in the morning, before I've had time to inject the caffine IV or allow the waking powers of the warm-water-shower to have it's full affect. This particular morning, I was lying in bed playing and replaying the perilous possibilities that would come about if nothing changed circumstantially. Fear feeds on "what-ifs" because fear is usually found amidst circumstances that we think lie outside of our control. We're left feeling helpless and void of solution or ability at fixing the situation ourselves.
But per the usual within my life, as I laid in bed perusing the seemingly unending options of "what-if's," I felt a kind and gentle nudge from the Holy Spirit. There in the midst of my morning mess of fear and anxiety, God quietly whispered, "those are the lies, now it's your turn to replay the truth."
"...Those are the lies, now it's your turn to replay the truth."
"Well-then" doesnt work against the mighty "what-if" because it's source is the very problem - you and me. "Well-then" suggests that "if this happens, then I can do this or will do that." It only takes a few brief moments of looking through the history of humanity to see where our attempts at fixing the human condition have left us. For all the effort and grand attempts made toward assuring us that we're able, capabale and strong in and of ourselves, we're left with the presiding truth and reality of scripture - we were created to be aided by our heavenly Father. It's not that we're weak, but that He's strong. Not that we're worthless or useless, but that He's infinitely powerful and incomprehensibly able, as well as unfathomably kind.
So when fear comes prepared to wage a war against your soul, you need only look to one place to placate fear's hunger: the promises of God.
Scripture is the tool by which we transform the "what-ifs" into "He-says, He's-done, He-promises-to-dos;" and by effect we render the "what-ifs" into "He wills."
Once the Holy Spirit kindly reminded me of that revelation, I swiftly left the bed in which I was being attacked and proceeded to the living room where I would spend the next hour pacing and proclaiming some of my favorite scriptures, i.e. "replaying the truth."
After that hour, it's safe to say that nothing changed circumstancially; however, there was a deep shift in my spirit. Instead of rehearsing all that could go wrong or what might happen, I began removing the weapons of fear by replacing them with the promises of God. I reminded my spirit of what God says about the situation - who He is, what He has done, and what He promises to do.
Scripture is the tool by which we transform the "what-ifs" into "He-says, He's-done, He-promises-to-dos," and by effect rendering the "what-ifs" into "He wills;" thus removing fear from it's power source.
So I give you the promise of God – the weapon by which I waged war and found immense encouragement – that particular morning.
“Keep trusting in the Lord and do what is right in his eyes. Fix your heart on the promises of God and you will be secure, feasting on his faithfulness. Make God the utmost delight and pleasure of your life, and he will provide for you what you desire the most. Give God the right to direct your life, and as you trust him along the way you’ll find he pulled it off perfectly! He will appear as your righteousness, as sure as the dawning of a new day. He will manifest as your justice, as sure and strong as the noonday sun. Quiet your heart in his presence and pray; keep hope alive as you long for God to come through for you. So don’t be impatient for the Lord to act; keep moving forward steadily in his ways, and he will exalt you at the right time. And when he does, you will possess every promise, including your full inheritance. You’ll watch with your own eyes.” — Psalms 37 (the Passion Translation)