Battling the ‘what ifs?’

Battling the ‘what ifs?’

An old sea captain once asked a naval student how he’d handle a sudden storm. ‘I’d throw out an anchor, sir,’ he replied. ‘But what if another storm approached?’ asked the captain. ‘Then I’d throw out another anchor,’ he said. ‘And what if storms just kept coming?’ the old man asked. ‘I’d keep throwing out anchors,’ said the student. ‘Hold on, son,’ said the captain, ‘where are you getting all those anchors?’ ‘From the same place you keep getting all those storms, sir,’ came the reply!

When you’re in the thick of things, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the storm that’s raging inside you and start listening to the ‘what ifs.’ What if they dump me…what If I don’t get on the course…what if mom and dad split…what If that relative doesn’t get better? The list is endless. And because Satan knows that ‘fear involves torment’ (1 John 4:18 NKJV), he’ll keep pouring it on. If he can’t get you puffed up through pride he’ll try to bring you down through fear. It’s one of his most effective weapons. But you don’t have to take it! Paul says, ‘Leave no room…for the devil [give no opportunity to him]’ (Ephesians 4:27 AMP). Jesus told us not to be ‘fearful…intimidated…and unsettled’ (John 14:27 AMP). Remember ‘A miserable heart means a miserable life; a cheerful heart fills the day with song’. Here’s the bottom line: God is ‘…completely dependable. If He said it, He’ll do it! (1 Thessalonians 5:24 TM). So, no matter how big your problem is today, keep trusting God and He will bring you through!

‘A miserable heart means a miserable life; a cheerful heart fills the day with song..’ Proverbs 15:15 TM

Bob Gass

May 6th, 2017

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