How much time do you spend thinking about what-if questions?
What if I had done this? What if I hadn’t done that? What if I’d reacted sooner? What if I hadn’t posted this or reacted to that?
It’s called “second guessing” and it’s defined as . . . criticizing or questioning someone or something retroactively.
So, my answer to the question would have to be—too much!
I’ll admit I’m guilty of wasting too many precious moments reflecting on unproductive what-if questions.
What if I’d been more patient? What if I’d tried harder? What if I were braver, stronger, less fearful, more confident, less of a procrastinator, or more fun…
And there are even more if you add those nasty worrying what-if questions.
What if this or that happens? What if I can’t? What if..?
Maybe you can relate to this self-defeating type of thinking. If so, this is for you. My goal today is to turn those what-if questions on their head by looking at God’s promises…
10 Positive What-if Questions that will Bless You and Give You Peace
1. What if I really believed all of God’s promises?
God also bound Himself with an oath, so that those who received the promise could be perfectly sure that He would never change His mind. So God has given both His promise and His oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie.Hebrews 6:17–18a
2. What if I trusted God’s love with all my heart?
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.Proverbs 3:5–6
3. What if I truly believed God is for me and will give me everything I need?
If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since He did not spare even His own Son but gave Him up for us all, won’t He also give us everything else?Romans 8:31–32
4. What if I lived for God’s glory without trying to please everyone else?
I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all He has done for you . . . Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.Romans 12:1–2
5. What if I rejected fear and lived with bold faith?
Loving God means keeping His commandments, and His commandments are not burdensome. For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith.1 John 5:3–4
6. What if I truly believed that through Jesus I can be completely forgiven?
For His unfailing love toward those who fear Him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.Psalm 103:11–12
7. What if I trusted God with every concern and worry?
Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.1 Peter 5:7
8. What if I really believed that God wants me to pray about everything and that He hears and answers every prayer?
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.Philippians 4:6–7
9. What if lived like I believed that love is most important?
Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.Matthew 22:37–39
10. What if I could live without fear by fully trusting God’s loving presence?
Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.Isaiah 41:10
A Prayer to Bless Your Life with What-if Questions
Father, Your promises are true forever. Your Word tells me that they never fail. Thank you for giving me Your “living and active” Word to guide me . . . for making it possible for me to KNOW Your promises.
Please forgive me for the time I have wasted on what-if questions. I’m guilty of overthinking the past and worrying about the future. I’m so sorry. Your word tells me that You want me to trust You with both my past and my future . . . that You want me to focus on living this moment for Your glory.
Lord, I ask that by the power of Your Spirit, every what-if question will draw me closer to You and to the people You have placed around me. Please help me focus on things that are true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and worthy of praise. (Philippians 4:8) Please guide me and make me more like Jesus. In whose name I pray. Amen.
Just for fun here are 10 more questions that I believe will bless us and make every day just a little bit better.
10 More Fun What-if Questions
- What if I smiled and laughed more?
- What if I took a break from the news and social media?
- What if I went outside and took a walk?
- What if I spent more time with people I love?
- What if I said “thank you” more often?
- What if I forgave quickly?
- What if I listened to understand not simply to reply?
- What if I memorized and lived Philippians 4:8?
- What if I refused to compare the pages of my story with anyone else’s cover?
- What if I counted more blessings?
I want to be done with negative “what if” thinking. And with God’s help, I’m determined to make my “what if” questions positive and motivating.
You and I can’t change the past and it does us absolutely no good to worry about the future but we can make today better by laughing more and loving more.
I’m praying for you today . . . that you will be blessed through positive what-if questions that will help you trust, love, and maybe even laugh more, too.
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