What if?

The following poem is by an anonymous writer:

What if God couldn’t take the time to bless us today because we couldn’t take the time to thank him yesterday?
What if God decided to stop leading us tomorrow because we didn’t follow him today?
What if we never saw another flower bloom because we grumbled when God sent the rain?
What if God didn’t walk with us today because we failed to recognize it as his day?
What if God took the Bible away tomorrow because we would not read it today?
What if God took away his message because we failed to listen to his messenger?
What if God didn’t send his only begotten son because he wanted us to prepare to pay the price of sin?
What if God stopped loving and caring for us because we failed to love and care for others?
What if God would not hear us today because we would not listen to him yesterday?
What if God answered our prayers the way we answered his call to serve?
What if God met our needs the way we give him our lives?

I think this writer has a point per line.  What if we woke up tomorrow with only the things we thanked God for yesterday?  What if God gave up on us because we ignored him?  What if God took away the sun and the moon and stars and rain and left us in the dark with no hope?  What if we saw no beauty because we complained about the ugliness of the world too much?  What if God left us alone?  What if we didn’t have his Word?  What if heaven closed itself off to us because we are selfish and only care about ourselves?  What if, when we die, that is really the end of us?  What if God treated us the way we treated others?  What if God refused to hear our prayers and answer them because we refused to listen to him?  What if God met some of our needs while ignoring our other needs?

The answer to all those questions is a simple one.  If all those what-ifs were true, then He wouldn’t truly be God.  And without God, this world would be an even bigger mess than it is today.  I refuse to let myself think about a world without HIM.  It’s too awful, too lonely, and too hopeless to think about.  And why think about something we don’t have to?  We should rejoice!  God is here and he is very much alive and he cares about us more than we can ever imagine.  More than we can possibly care about another human being.  He loves us more than we can possibly love him…  at least while we are still on this earth.  I know I would have not have survived almost 31 years on this earth without him, and so today, I am beyond grateful that his love is unconditional and eternal.


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