The book I'm reading, Loving God With All Your Mind by Elizabeth George is so good. I would recommend it to everyone.
Today she is talking about the "What if" factor. Here are a few of her points.
We need to remember that 'what if" is a guess. Thoughts about the future are only a guess. We need to remember the future is in God's hands. His loving capable, merciful, powerful hands.
and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
While we need to be prepared about the future we don't need to waste energy worrying about what is not yet and may not come to be.
Being overly concerned about potential problems in the future will sap our energy and joy. God calls us to handle each day one at time.
This got me to thinking what in the future I dwell on. They can be things happening tomorrow or even later in the day, when the whole family will be at home. It can be will my children marry christian mates? Will my grandson grow up healthy and come to know Christ. Yes even the little things like will I be stuck in traffic if I don't leave on time.
Elizabeth goes on to say. The way to let go of those "what if" is to draw close to God and acknowledge His presence, His power, and His love. "What if" questions fail to acknowledge God. We there fore need to turn to His word and be reminded of the many promises that God is with us wherever we go.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go."
Remember God promises us nothing will happen apart from Him!!!
So I hear over and over I need to keep drawling near to God. Why is that so hard? Why can I find time to drawl near to family, friends, a novel, even my pets but to give time to God is so hard. I find time to clean my home why can't I find time to clean my life with God? Oh I will give a small part of my day to Him but he really needs a bigger part. If we would all just follow and give a bigger part of our day to the Lord we would drawl closer to Him and then when trials come our way we will be strong and keep our joyfulness.