Summary: Asking "What if ...?" brings a lot of worry into our life. Instead, ask "Who now?". King Jehoshaphat found the key to giving the battle over to God.
“What If ….?”
INTRODUCTION: NOTICE the TITLE of the message this morning.
We say this a lot, don’t we? “What if …?” causes a lot of NEEDLESS worry in our lives. I’m guilty of doing this, as I’m sure a lot of you are.
We hear it a lot:
On September 11, 2001, I received a telephone call from a very frightened lady. “What if … the terrorists should attack Bell, FL.?” I responded by saying: “First of all, if they did, there’s nothing you can do. Secondly, Bell, Florida is probably the safest place on the planet to be!”
We worry a lot about the “What if’s …?”
o Someone damaged the dash of a customer’s $100,000 Hummer … “What if … they kill me!”
o Someone’s child is being sent to Iraq … “What if … they should be wounded or killed?”
o Someone’s daughter is getting married & moving away … “What if … it doesn’t work out … they can’t make it financially … she needs me & I can’t be there for her?”
“What if …?” “What if …?” “What if …?” Needless worry about what MIGHT HAPPEN.
THIS AM, I want us to take a look at a Biblical event in history that helps us come to terms with the “What if’s …?” in life.
Turn with me to 2 Chronicles Chapter 20.
Jehoshaphat was the King of Judah. Israel had been divided into 2 kingdoms … Israel in the North, and Judah in the South. Jehoshaphat was the King of the Southern Kingdom of Judah.
3 nations had united to attack King Jehoshaphat and the Kingdom of Judah – 20:1.
They were already on the West side of the Dead Sea, about 25 miles from Jerusalem, the capital city where Jehoshaphat was – 20:2.
“What if …?” A question we often ask when we are confronted with fear, doubt, and helplessness.
o “What if … they keep coming?”
o “What if … we aren’t strong enough to defend ourselves?”
o “What if … they defeat us?”
o “What if …?” “What if …?” “What if …?”
Let’s see how King Jehoshaphat handled HIS “What if’s …?”
I. HE FEARED – 20:3
FEAR … that’s what brings on the “What if’s …?”, isn’t it? The fear of the UNKNOWN … that’s why we ask the question, “What if …?”.
Whenever this question and the fear of the UNKNOWN plagues our mind, we need to remember … NOTHING IS UNKNOWN TO GOD. God is OMNISCIENT.
We worry about those things that we have little or no control over.
o “What if … I don’t get that raise & promotion?”
o “What if … I get sick & can’t work?”
o “What if … lightening strikes my house & I lose everything I own?”
I’ve tried not to worry about those things that I have no control over. If I worry (and we all DO!), I need to worry about those things that I DO have some control over … and let my worry work FOR me … to get busy and do what I need to do to ease my worry. If we would stop worrying about those things that we have no control over, it would cut our worry by 90%.
God not only KNOWS about the UNKNOWN … He’s OMNISCIENT … nothing is UNKNOWN to HIM … BUT … He’s also OMNIPRESENT. A lot of times we worry about the “What if’s …?” because we can’t be there and therefore can’t do anything about it.