What if I’m not smart enough? What if I’m not good enough? What if I fail? What if this happens? What if I don’t get this job? What if I’m not a good enough spouse? What if I’m not a good enough Christian? What if they don’t like me?
If you’re honest with yourself, you have probable spent a great majority of your life thinking “what if…” This small phrase can often lead us down paths of mental anguish, emotional strain, and spiritual confusion. To put it bluntly, the “what ifs” are a product of worry and fear. Worry can be defined as giving way to anxiety or unease or allowing one’s mind to dwell on difficulty or troubles.
Pastor and Author, Francis Chan says,
Worry implies that we don’t quite trust God is big enough, powerful enough, or loving enough to take care of what’s happening in our lives.
So what does God teach us about worry?
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. – Matthew 6:34
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. – 1 Peter 5:7
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. – Philippians 4:6
I want to encourage you the play out the “what if” battle in your mind. What do I mean? One of my greatest fears is the death of a loved one. So when I start thinking things like, “what if something bad happens to _____,” I go ahead and play it out in my mind. I think to myself, “If something bad happens to _____, then it would be terrible. I’d be really sad and would hurt deeply. But even amidst the pain, I know I’ll be ok because God has promised me that he would always be with me and He alone is my rock and my salvation” (see Isaiah 43:2-3).
So the next time your mind is consumed with “what ifs,” play it out and remember the promises that God has made to you! The battle was never yours to win, so it’s not yours to lose. Trust in the One who has already won the victory. Start to take control of the battle in your mind.