The Power of “If”

If” rings with might. It’s a word that not only changes our outlook, but changes our potential. A word which spiritually speaking, opens even the most dangerous of doors.

When does “if” harm us? When we make statements such as, “…if only I had this opportunity…” Or, “…if only someone would listen to my opinion…” Or, “…if only someone would ask for my help…” Even, “…if only I went to that church, then I could be happy…” Those are powerful statements causing great detriment to our spiritual health, attitude, and humility.

Yet there’s another “if” in Scripture surpassing them all. An “if” that blesses our spiritual health, attitude, and humility. It’s the promise Paul made the church at Rome in Romans 8:31, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” When Paul makes this statement, he’s not hoping God is for us. Or desiring for God to be for us. He’s certain. In the very next verse Paul argues that since God gave His only Son for us, He will give us anything we need. This “if” knows the blessing of assurance and confidence in our heavenly Father.

Which “if” owns more real estate of your vocabulary? The “if only”? Or the “if God?” One is responsible for doubt and pain.  The other produces conviction and joy. One wonders in curiosity. One wonders in amazement. One is worth your time. The other wastes it.

If God is for us, who can be against us? No one. Praise God today for His promise. Don’t spend another minute focusing on what could be. Spend every second focusing on what is because of God and His faithfulness.

Jacob Hawk serves as the Pulpit Minister for Faith Village Church of Christ in Wichita Falls, Texas. He holds both bachelor and master’s degrees in Bible from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas. He and his wife, Natalie, have three sons-Hayden, Hudson, and Hewitt.