Standing at a busy intersection in our new community, it’s easy for my mind to be bombarded with a million questions.
What if we fail? What if we can’t handle this? What if things don’t go according to plan? Each “what if” gnaws at my heart and tries to paralyze me with fear.
But for each “what if” that threatens to steal my joy and passion, there is an alternative “what if” that thrills. They remind us why we’re stepping forward. They fill us with a holy confidence and a peace that passes understanding. Here are some of them:
What if God is at work in the hearts of all those in the community to which we are called?
John 16:8 “When He (Holy Spirit) comes, He will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment.”
What if God is powerful enough to orchestrate every circumstance of an entire life in order to draw a person to Himself?
Romans 11:36 “For of Him, and through Him, and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever.”
What if the God who created us knew our needs, struggles, insecurities and worries (and cared enough to meet us where we are)?
Psalm 115:1-3 “O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways.”
What if God was more passionate about saving the people in our city than we were about seeing them saved?
2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord … is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”
What if the Gospel was powerful enough to cross every cultural divide and break through to the most skeptical heart?
Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes.”
What if God created us each with a unique combination of strengths and weaknesses, passions and personality, in order to fit perfectly into His divine plan?
Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I (God) formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you.”
This leads us to our final “What if?”
What if we really believed these truths?
May we pray along with the desperate father in Mark 9:24 — “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”
“Lord, free us free us from the insecurities that entangle us and allow us to step forward in faith. Help us break free from the pressure to have it all together, and allow us, in the midst of our imperfections to simply love you and love people. Give us a confidence in sharing you with others, knowing that You know them, and love them, and draw them, infinitely more than we ever could. Lord, please embed these truths deep into our hearts. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”