The new year is like a new baby...full of hope, promise, and potential. And just like a baby, when it gets older, you begin to realize you have to "do" things to capitalize on its potential.
As I seek God about direct in my life, sometimes I ask a lot of questions that start with "What if....". I wish I asked things like:
"What if this is better than I ever imagined?" or
"What if God get so much glory out of this thousands are redeemed in a day?"
Unfortunately, most of my what ifs--and be honest most of yours too--tend to focus on the negative possibilities.
Depending on the circumstances that "what if" varies in scale and scope. But regardless of the circumstance there was always one pesky "what if" that buzzed around my head space like an annoying fly that won't go away.
"What if I miss God?"
This one terrified me. It is particularly pesky because it isn't situational. It shows up no matter what I am consulting God on. Pick a category: finance, relationships, career, education, health...it is there. It is like a master or a strong man that is blocking us from going where God wants us to go, doing what God wants us to do, giving what God wants us to give, and/or getting what God wants us to get.
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Mark 3:27 says "... one cannot enter a strong man's house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man..."
I look at "What if I miss God" as a strong man that had to be tied up, bound, and cast out of the way before we can ever move any further in the house to get the valuables God has there. I know this may not be the traditional view of the scripture but I think it fits.
Joyce Meyer is one of my favorite bible teachers. Her candid approach to life is always an equal balance of encouragement and a kick in the pants. In response to the big looming "what if I miss God " strong man, Joyce once humorously retorted "Relax, He is God. He will find you!"
This makes me laugh and eases the tension. Yes, our relationship with God is serious but c'mon people, sometime we need to lighten up so we can see better.This retort gave me permission to chill out! If I am seeking God on His direction and not my own, guess what? God is with me as I go. So even if I make a mistake, He knows exactly where I am located. I am not lost. I am found... in Him.
Armed with the assurance that Emmanuel--which translate into "God with us"--and Jehovah Shammah--which translates to "The Lord is there"--, I can walk into the proverbial house of faith and promise, bind the strongman of "what if" and march forward knowing who is with me! I am ready to go forward in faith, are you?