Everyone knows what it’s like to worry. Have you ever been fearful over what might happen—to you, your child, your spouse, your country, or your future? Many of my concerns fall into the “what if” category. Maybe you can relate to some I’ve felt or heard others mention.
What if I lose my job?
What if this is cancer?
What if our economy collapses?
What if my child is addicted to …?
What if my husband can no longer work?
These kind of “what if’s” “kill, steal, and destroy.” But there is another kind of “what if” that empowers.Some “what if’s” “kill, steal, and destroy.” But there is another kind of “what if” that empowers. #RefreshingFaith, #BigGod Click To Tweet
Instead of focusing on the negative “what if’s,” Isaiah tells us to replace our fears with the Lord. “Then He will become a sanctuary” (Isaiah 8:13-14 NASB). When we substitute a trait relating to God in place of our fear, faith grows. Here are some healthy substitutions for your “what if’s.”
- What if God is for me?
- What if He is trustworthy?
- What if God is using this for our good?
- What if He’s worthy of my worship and obedience?
- What if God is bigger than my fears and imaginations?
Whenever dread arises inside of you, put the Lord in its place, and He’ll become your refuge. Fix your thoughts on the Lord instead of your worry. Replace your dread with the healthy dread of missing Him and move from being fearful to being faithful.
To learn more on this—and how to take it one step further and turn your fears into courage—read my article “Dealing with Stress by Trusting God with Our ‘If’s’” at Biblestudytools.com.
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