What If …

question-marks-background-cuteHow many of us get stuck in the question, “What if…?”

What if I set boundaries and protect myself? Will my family stop loving me?

What if I lose that weight / write that book / take that risk? Am I afraid of success?

What if I start doing the things on my bucket list?

What if I take the first step?

What if I conquer that fear?

We are not alone in the “What If” questions of life. In Exodus 4, we read the story of Moses and his “What Ifs.” God called to Moses out of a burning bush and appointed him as leader of the Israelites. He told Moses to go to Pharaoh and demand that Pharaoh set the Israelites free.

“Then Moses answered and said, ‘What if they will not believe me, or listen to what I say?”

God told Moses to throw down his staff, and it turned into a snake. Then God told Moses to grab the snake by the tail and it turned back into a staff.
God told Moses to stick his hand in his shirt and it became leprous. Then God healed it. So God gave Moses several signs he could use if the people would not believe him.

In other words, God reminded Moses that if he would ignore the “What Ifs” and just do what he was told to do – then God would provide the power to get it done.

What about you? Any “What Ifs” that are holding you back?

God says, “I will teach you what you are to do” (Exodus 4:15b). He can help you take that first step and conquer the “What Ifs.”

2013 GateWay of Hope Ministries – The Helping Place for Hurting Women

2 thoughts on “What If …

  • August 13, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Wow! This is a powerful and timely message for me. Sometimes I can only do what is right not because I want it or think I deserve it, but because it is a matter of obedience. I am sobered that the “lake of fire” in the book of Revelation is reserved not just for those who commit the “big sins” of murder and idolatry, but also for the “cowardly and unbelieving” (Rev. 21:8). I’m grateful for Jesus’ blood that covers all sins so that I have opportunity to find something better. I pray every day that I would know the perfect Love that casts out fear (I John 4:18).

    • August 14, 2013 at 3:24 pm

      Thank you for your comment, Susan, and the definitive question is … “What could I do and who would I be if I had no fear?”

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