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Today’s Truth

For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.

Psalm 33:4

Friend to Friend

Some people just seem happy and positive all the time. They appear to never worry and fret. These people act like they eat rainbows for breakfast and ride a unicorn to work. But life isn’t all lucky charms. Sometimes it is just plain hard. We anticipate trials. Jesus promised trouble. “In this world you will have trouble,” He warned (John 16:33).

So what if the worst thing you can imagine does happen? What then?

What if my child gets sick?

What if my husband does leave?

What if I lose my job?

What if I get on a plane to go to a speaking engagement and the plane crashes?

I decided a long time ago, when I get on a plane, I’m either going to get where I’m headed, or I’m going to heaven. Either one is all right with me. I know that whatever may happen in this life, God’s still on His throne, and He’s in control.

Yes, worry is a down payment on a problem that you may never have . . . but sometimes you do have the problem. Sometimes the sinkhole is worse than you ever imaged. But here’s what you can always grab hold of when you feel you’re being sucked down: God will be right smack dab in the middle of your sinkhole even if your worst “what if” does occur.

What is your greatest fear? What worries threaten to hold you hostage? Perhaps you’ve already experienced your greatest fear. Maybe you have lost a child, gone through a divorce, foreclosed on your home. Perhaps you’ve already gone through radiation, filed for bankruptcy, or lost your job.

If you have already experienced your greatest fears, then oddly enough, you have an advantage over those who haven’t. You’ve seen that God does give you the strength to get through your most horrendous seasons imaginable. You’ve come out on the other side and realized that by the grace of God you’ve made it.

None of us would choose to experience the horrific losses or painful situations that are part of living this side of heaven. But some treasures can only be discovered in dark places. One such treasure unearthed by those on the other side of their worst “what ifs” is the knowledge of God’s sustaining power that got them though and held them up—that gave them the power to move on despite the losses and live bold despite the pain.

The truth is, the worst “what if” that could ever occur already has—what if someone killed the Son of God? What if they forced a crown of piercing thorns on his head, thrashed a flesh-tearing whip embedded with sharp objects across his back, spat in His face, beat Him with fists, nailed his feet and hands to a splintery cross? What if they plunged a sword into his side? What if they murdered Jesus? What if that happened?

Oh, friend, it is with tears in my eyes that I type those words. But there’s more to the story. You know the rest.

Death was not the end of the story. It never is. Three days later God rolled the stone away from the mouth of the cave in which Jesus was buried, and Hope walked out in newness of life—resurrection life.

Because of the death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ; because of the power of the Holy Spirit who now lives within us, we no longer have to buckle under the spirit of fear or go weak-kneed due to worry. We can live bold knowing that God empowers and equips us to do everything He has called us to do. We can refuse to bury our dreams in shallow graves of fear, but live in bold obedience expecting the best.

Let’s Pray

Lord, no matter what happens in my life, I know that You are faithful, loving, and kind. Help me to trust in Your Sovereignty, knowing that You are in control. Even if the worst “what if” happens in my life, I know that You can use it for good.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

Read Isaiah 43:1-3 and describe God’s assurance to you in your own words.

“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;

I have summoned you by name; you are mine. 

When you pass through the waters,

I will be with you;

and when you pass through the rivers,

they will not sweep over you.

When you walk through the fire,

you will not be burned;

the flames will not set you ablaze.

For I am the Lord your God,

the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;

More from the Girlfriends

Today’s devotion came from my latest book, Take Hold of the Faith You Long For: Let Go, Move Forward, Live Bold. Just as a trapeze artist who grabs hold of a second bar, but refuses to let go of the first, we can get stuck in our faith when we refuse to let go of all that holds us back. It’s time to let go of all that holds us hostage to a “less than” life…and that includes WORRY about the future and regret about the past. We need to let go of worry and take hold of total trust in the goodness of God! Then we will truly move forward and live bold. Let’s take hold of all that Jesus has already taken hold of for us and placed in us! Check it out at www.takeholdthebook.com where you can download a free chapter and watch a video book trailer. The book also comes with a Bible study guide. Make sure and sign up for my weekly blog to learn when the free on-line Bible study will begin in the fall.

10 Responses to “What If Your Worst “What If” Does Happen?”

  1. Annmarie says:

    Thank you for this. I know that I know God is faithful through the mountaintop moments as well as the desert moments. I have seen lack and plenty, I have put myself in peril and have repented and have seen His grace time and time again, I have experienced the pain of loss first with my father and then with my son, I lost my job 9 months ago and two weeks after that loss I fractured my spine, I now work two jobs and have decided to pursue a career in real estate, and I have family who battle pain and mental ilness daily. But God….yet in all things I know that I know that He is sovereign, that He is true and just, and that He is faithful to accomplish His plan in me and my family. Do I hurt? Yes, because I see my husband in so much pain and doubting God like I have never wanted to see happen. Because for the first time I wondered if the truth of His faithfulness was real and if I had a man who led me, who isn’t going to crumble in a heap through this dark season. I have seen my own pride rear it’s ugly head and create a sense of denial instead of having true faith. Yet God, in His mercy, THROUGH his Spirit has brought comfort. I praise Him for this journey and I want His best and purpose to be revealed. Please pray for me. Thank you for your beautiful ministry.

    • Amber says:

      Ann Marie thank you for sharing your story. I too am in a season of struggle and pain as my husband has health issues and we struggle with infertility. Life is not easy and not always sunshine and roses but Eternity is and that’s where we must fix our eyes. I am praying for you! I tend to find a lot of encouragement from Paul and his thorn. As he says we must boast all the more gladly in our suffering because where we are weak He is strong. God’s glory will be revealed through your pain and suffering. What you are going through is not in vain! Blessing to you and your family!

    • Andrea Losko says:

      Ann Marie, it sounds like you are going through quite the season! I completely understand what you’re going through. I’ve experienced miraculous healing in my back, and God also brought me into real estate. I would love to share my testimony with you, and help you in your pursuit of a real estate career! I work for a Christian brokerage, Keller Williams. My email is andrealosko63@gmail.com if you would like to connect. You will be in my prayers!

    • Latonia says:

      Thank you for sharing♡ your words touched my heart this morning♡

  2. SherriLynn says:

    Thanking God for this devotion today. Thanking God for Annmarie sharing her story. Thanking God that His Grace and Mercy is sufficient for me. I too have experiences some of my “what ifs” and due to His LOVE for me, made it through to the other side; to receive His unending blessings. If Jesus can go through all of the trials and tribulations that he endured, WHY do can’t we. Thank You Lord for all You did to save our souls and set us free. Hallelujah!!!

  3. Leni says:

    I pray for you to feel our Abba Papa’s abounding love & peace right now. I bless you with a keen awareness of His Holy Presence enveloping you in His sweet embrace?
    I speak healing over you & your husband, I The Mighty Name of Jesus!
    I bless your marriage in His Name. Be blessed as you bless others today. You are loved and cherished by Your Abba Papa. You are the apple of His Eyes?.

  4. Gloria says:

    This devotional came when I most needed to cry out to the LORD. I got news from my Dr yesterday that I needed to see an oncologist and I started asking myself “what if” ? But I know and believe my GOD is in control ??

  5. Kathlynn Irina says:

    Sharon –

    Thank you for your ministry through Girlfriends in God. You, Gwen, and Mary are truly mighty women of valour for God…

    Today I am in such a dark valley, yet I KNOW that God is here beside me… and your words both remind me of that and challenge me to “go on!” even though it is sooooo very hard just to put one foot in front of the other and to take one more day… as I see my dreams of marriage, children, golden years spent with joy… evaporating before my eyes… In spite of ALL the pain and hurt, I do KNOW that God is faithful and that He will through Jesus reward us if we will not lose heart but only hold on!

    Thank You! and Praise God who brings the victory on the morning sun ash His Son-shine brightens our hearts and souls.

  6. Mandy Foley says:

    Thank so much for this devotion this morning! I know it was actually a gift from God! I have been struggling lately and needed this reminder! Worrying has always been my best/worst attribute but the perspective I found here this morning was my wake up call! Glory to God!

  7. Latonia says:

    Amen! Thank You for this message this morning! I and my family have been struggling with a terrible “what if” moment/reality. My husband and I took in and raised his great neice as our own daughter since she was 8 years old, she will be 14 this Nov. We were so close to adopting her, but at the very last court date the mother resurfaced and wants her back now after 5 years of no phone calls, no bday cards, no nothing…before that 8 years of neglect, mental, physical abuse, very well documented in the system and was heard by the court since our neice was a baby, her lil brothers were born on drugs…terrible situation for the children…
    Our neice has a beautiful life now, she has overgame so much in her short life, She shines so brightly. She has been saved, sings in church, honor roll student, very happy young lady. Her bioloical mother abandoned her 6 years ago next month due to drug abuse and the fast life, now she’s back and thru the court system forcing to be in our neices life. Even with failed drug test, living with a man who served 13 for vol manslaughter, also a drug addict
    I know and believe 100% in my heart despite this heartbreak and fear we all have going into this forced situation NOTHING HAPPENS W/O God’s permission. HE IS IN CONTROL. GOD WILL PROTECT OUR NEICE AND HE WILL CARRY US THRU. I don’t understand all the how’s ,or the why’s ….all I know is God is our COMFORTER, OUR PROTECTER, OUR SHEPARD. I SURRENDER ALL MY FEARS, WORRY, ANGER, FEELINGS OVER TO HIM. I can not bear this without him. I used to wake up every morning with my nerves so upset my stomach upset but after I surrendered and truly gave it over to God and I wake up peaceful because I know he will bring us through this, just like he brought me through and is bringing me through losing my daddy 3 years ago I’m blessed every single day and instead of counting all my worries and all my problems I’m counting my blessings I’m too blessed to be stressed. Thank you for reminding me gods of staining power is going to get me through and hold me up through every single thing♡ God Bless you and all reading this message♡

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