I got involved in this ‘what if’ discussion. Or rather, I tried my best to listen without interrupting too often to say I don’t do ‘what if’. To make things worse it was a political ‘what if’. And it was with my husband, so I really couldn’t be disrespectful and walk away. What if the politicians who are threatening to take land without compensation, really do? What if these same politicians who say they are going to arm themselves and go over to violence, really do? I listened. I know that these are emotional subjects especially for the men who fought in the border wars. I know.
But what if we do what Ezra did in Ezra 8: 21-22 Then I proclaimed a fast there at the river of Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God, to seek from Him the right way for us and our little ones and all our possessions. For I was ashamed to request of the king an escort of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy on the road, because we had spoken to the king, saying, “The hand of our God is upon all those for good who seek Him, but His power and His wrath are against all those who forsake Him.”
And what if God does for us what He did for Ezra, Verse 23 So we fasted and entreated our God for this, and He answered our prayer.
What is we do what Nehemiah did in Nehemiah 1:4 So it was, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned for many days; I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven.
And what if God does for us what he did for Nehemiah? Nehemiah 12:27 Now at the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem they sought out the Levites in all their places, to bring them to Jerusalem to celebrate the dedication with gladness, both with thanksgivings and singing, with cymbals and stringed instruments and harps.
What if we do what Daniel did? Daniel 9:3 Then I set my face toward the Lord God to make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes. And I prayed to the Lord my God, and made confession, and said, “O Lord, great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and mercy with those who love Him, and with those who keep His commandments,
And what if God does for us what He did for Daniel? Daniel 9:21 And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes.
And what if God does for us what He did for Daniel? Daniel9:21 yes, while I was speaking in prayer, the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, reached me about the time of the evening offering.
Look what happened when the Christians prayed for Peter who had been thrown into prison:
Acts 12:5 – 10 Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church. And when Herod was about to bring him out, that night Peter was sleeping, bound with two chains between two soldiers; and the guards before the door were keeping the prison. Now behold, an angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shone in the prison; and he struck Peter on the side and raised him up, saying, “Arise quickly!” And his chains fell off his hands. Then the angel said to him, “Gird yourself and tie on your sandals”; and so he did. And he said to him, “Put on your garment and follow me.” So he went out and followed him, and did not know that what was done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision. When they were past the first and the second guard posts, they came to the iron gate that leads to the city, which opened to them of its own accord; and they went out and went down one street, and immediately the angel departed from him.
In Verse 11 Peter says “Now I know for certain that the Lord has sent His angel, and has delivered me from the hand of Herod and from all the expectation of the Jewish people.”
Let us change our ‘what if’ questions to, “What if the Lord does for us what He did for all those people of faith?” and our attitude and our outlook will swiftly change from negative to positive.