"What If", I don't know?

What if I get sick? What if I lose my job? What if the business doesn't succeed? What if I don't graduate? What if I don't get married? What if I can't have children? These questions pop up in our minds from time to time. We have to recognise that these questions are an attempt to make us fearful by painting an image of an uncertain bleak future. So how do we answer them? The simple answer is, we don't!

We are not meant to have an answer for every hypothetical scenario that the enemy brings into our minds. We are called to simply trust and be still. We see that in Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in Daniel chapter 3 when posed with the question - "what god will be able to rescue you from my power". Circumstances were against these young men faced with an angry, prideful, king in a foreign land. The question in their minds could have been, what if God doesn't come through and this is the end of our lives? Think of the fear, anxiety, hopelessness that they were facing. In spite of that they had a simple yet powerful answer - "we have no need to answer you in this matter".

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter.

We don't have to entertain every thought that comes into our minds. Sometimes we just have to silence the thought and focus on God. The young men were able to look past the fear, pain and intimidation and keep their focus on the God they knew. I know God can do it, and I know he will do it - but even if He doesn't we are not worried, because we trust His plan.

Jesus knew that worrying about what might happen makes us fearful and drains the life out of us. In Mathew 6:24-34 Jesus says, that we should not worry about tomorrow because its useless to do so. Trust that the God who clothes wild flowers and feeds sparrows will be there for you when you face tomorrow. God will have the answers for us at the right time.

In John 12:49, Jesus says "I have not spoken on My own, but the Father who sent Me has commanded Me what to say and how to say it". This means that if Jesus wasn't told what to say, He would simply remain silent. Regardless of whether the questions pop up in our own minds or if someone is asking them to us, we can always say, "I don't know". I don't know but I know the one who knows. Our answers can be bold, even if the circumstances are dire. We can rejoice and be glad knowing that God has a plan and His plans are always the best.

Whenever children of God show faith in God, He always shows up and intervenes. He either changes the circumstances or walks with us in the middle of it. The truth is that there is nothing impossible for God, but He can only prove that through His children who put their trust in Him. Our challenges are a setup for miracles that give Him glory. Today's challenges can be tomorrow's testimonies if we are willing to be patient and obedient. Our heavenly Father always have a plan.