Ron Witbeck: Challenged every morning with 'if'
By Ron Witbeck
Associate Pastor, Resurrection Life Church
Everyone has issues that need dealing with every day the Lord gives us. It doesn’t matter what stage of life we find ourselves. When waking up we may find ourselves trying to decide if we have time to seek the Lord’s direction, or being so busy we need to get to our daily routines. I think that all of us, at times, have taken God out of our top priorities!
As we all know, our lives can so easily get to a point of being overwhelming with the increasing pressures faced daily. Adding to that, we sometimes can find ourselves concerned about the troubles tomorrow may bring. So it’s important that we make it top priority to seek God first! Jesus told us in Matthew 6:32-34;
“Why be like the pagans who are so deeply concerned about these things? Your heavenly Father already knows all your needs, and he will give you all you need from day to day if you live for him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern. So don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today's trouble is enough for today.” (NLT)
There is so much wisdom and importance in that word "if." God has given us the ability to choose to follow Him or to follow our flesh! If we desire His best we need to go to Him first! Sometimes we find this hard because that "if" can at times take patience, and then obedience, waiting in faith for God’s direction!
We can find this truth in the Bible with Abraham and Sarah. God promised them a son in their old age if they would trust Him, but in the flesh they both decided to provide that son through a maid servant. Moses’ "if" was when trying to help his fellow kinsmen, Moses killed an Egyptian slave master, resulting with spending 40 years in the desert. King David’s "if" was gazing at the exposed body of a naked woman, then falling into the lust of his own flesh, which led to adultery, murder and death of a son.
During Jesus’ walk on this earth, we find He also walked on the surface of the water as told in Matthew 14:28-32;
“Then Peter called to him, 'Lord, if it's really you, tell me to come to you by walking on water.' 'All right, come,' Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he looked around at the high waves, he was terrified and began to sink. 'Save me, Lord!' he shouted. Instantly Jesus reached out his hand and grabbed him. 'You don't have much faith,' Jesus said. 'Why did you doubt me?' And when they climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped.” (NLT)
You may ask, what was Peter’s "if?" He had taken his eyes off of Jesus, looking in fear to the size of the storm — then he began to sink!
Now look at our own lives: Many of us, when facing the storms of life, in our moment of "if," we tend to look at the size of the storm instead of power of Jesus.
So take the time for God. We can eliminate the "if" in our lives by keeping our eyes on Him, remembering His Words as found in Joshua 1:5;
“No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you.” (NKJV)
As we go through this season God has put before us, let’s eliminate those "ifs" and stand on His Word.