God turns “what-if”s into “so what”s!
The world would have us believe that there is a lot to worry about. We only need to watch the batch of commercials aired by any television station to see this- every one of those advertisements is designed to prey on an insecurity, a desire, or a fear.
What if I am weak? What if I get sick? What if I am embarrassed? What if people don’t like the way I look, or the car I drive, or the clothes I wear? What if I’m too tired to make it through the day? What if I am harassed by my peers, assaulted, or cooped up in a corner? What if I can’t afford to pay my bills, retire, take care of my family? What if…what if…what if? The “what-if”s are a long list. But one verse wipes every one of those “what-if”s away.
Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then am I strong. (2 Corinthians 12:10)
The literal translation of this verse gives a startling emphasis to it, and makes it speak for itself with a force that we have probably never realized. Here it is: “Therefore I take pleasure in being without strength, in insults, in being pinched, in being chased about, in being cooped up in a corner for Christ’s sake; for when I am without strength, then I am dynamite.” -A.B. Simpson
God turns every “what if” into a “so what” because with Him- you are dynamite!
George Matheson, the well-known blind preacher of Scotland, said: “My God, I have never thanked Thee for my thorn. I have thanked Thee a thousand times for my roses, but not once for my thorn. I have been looking forward to a world where I shall get compensation for my cross; but I have never thought of my cross as itself a present glory.
“Teach me the glory of my cross; teach me the value of my thorn. Show me that I have climbed to Thee by the path of pain. Show me that my tears have made my rainbows.” -Streams in the Desert
The Bible is filled with examples of how God turns a “what if” into a “so what” and in this series we’ll read about a few of them. We’ll start with a shepherd who, with a few flat stones, slays a giant.