Monday, July 18, 2011

What If...

When we have our quiet time with the Lord, have you ever had a thought come into your mind and wondered if it was God talking to you? I have. Sometimes I am sure God is trying to get my attention for one reason or another. The other night when I was having my time with the Lord 'what if' kept coming into my mind. What was He trying to say to me? Then it hit me, He was trying to tell me to think about several different things.

What if, God took away the Bible because we would not read it?
        Did you ever stop to think the reason He gave us the Bible is because there is so
        much in it that tells us how we should live our lives, a godly life? He didn't give us
        the Bible for entertainment; He gave it to us so we would be able to understand the
        things He wants us to know. He wants us to know about His love, mercy, and
        compassion for us.

What if, God took away His message because we failed to listen to the messenger?
        He gave us messengers so that we would be able to hear the Message. We may not
        care for the one giving us the Message but we should want to hear the Message and
        give the Lord the praise and glory that He so deserves for giving us a messenger
        that will give us the Message.

What if, God didn't walk with us today because we failed to recognize His walk with us?
        The Lord wants to walk with us every single minute of the day, we just need to
        recognize the fact that He is with us, and He never leaves us. Don't you ever feel
        His presence? I do and it is one of the most wonderful feelings I can have.

What if, God decided to stop leading us tomorrow because we didn't follow Him today?
        God wants to lead us in everything we do not just ever once in awhile. He knows
        what is best for us and doesn't want us to go the wrong way. What would we do if
        we didn't have Him to follow?

What if, God wouldn't take the time to bless us today because we couldn't take the time to thank Him?
        God blesses us every single day and He wants to bless us all the time. Sometimes
        when He blesses us it is because it is something we have wanted. So much of the
        time He blesses us with things just because He loves us and wants to bless us. No
        matter what the blessing we should always take the time to thank Him, praise Him,
        and give Him the glory. He doesn't have to bless us but He wants to. Shouldn't we
        want to take the time to thank Him?

What if, God took away the animals, trees, and flowers because we didn't take the time to enjoy them?
        Have you ever thought how quiet it would be if you didn't hear the birds singing,
        have the trees for shade, or flowers to smell? It would be pretty dull, wouldn't it?

'What if' should make us stop and think about a lot of things. Have you ever thought about these things?

What if, God hadn't loved the world so much that He gave His Son, Jesus Christ so that we wouldn't have to die for our sins?

What if, God stopped loving and caring for us because we failed to love and care for others?

What if, God would not hear us today because we would not listen to Him yesterday?

What if, God answered our prayers the way we answer His call to service?

What if, the door of the church was closed because we did not open the door of our heart?

What if, God met our needs the way we give Him our lives?

May you always know the love, joy, and peace of the Lord!


Debi said...

This just made my heart race. I cannot imagine 'What if?' I must say, it is so true...God could very well 'teach us a lesson' by removing His presence from us but I am so thankful that He is the patient and loving God that He is. I repent of these failures in my life.

Thank you for this amazing post! Love you!

Jenifer said...

Wow! That was powerful. Those what if's are scary. I never want God to take those things away because I didn't follow Him as I should be. Thank you for this!

Phather Phil Malmstrom said...

Powerful and convicting questions Deane... Thankfully, God is ever-faithful and patient with us while we take those steps.

Great post!

Have a Blessed Day!

Kandi said...

Those are some words to chew on today, it makes me think about how much I take those things for granted, and how patient he is with me when I fall short of of not being thankful for the blessings He has given me.