Redeeming the “What If?” Question

Posted on July 19, 2023 by Elizabeth Welte in Victory Call

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8

We are all familiar with the What if question
What if I fail this test?
What if I lose my job?
What if it’s cancer?
What if he dies?
What if I never get married?
What if I can’t pay my bills?

There are as many “What if‘s” as there are people and circumstances and often this is where our mind goes first when faced with a challenge or trial.

But What if we redeem the What if question?
What if I take God at His word?
What if I believe God’s promises?
What if I cast all my cares upon Him because He cares for me?
What if I rely on God’s provision?
What if I glorify God in my situation?
What if I trust God to do what only He can do?
What if I am still and know that He is God?
What if God does the impossible?
What if I rest in God’s grace?

The What if question may be our first response to a circumstance or situation but we get to choose our second response.  Rather than getting stuck in the What if cycle, let’s redeem the question and focus on truth, realities about God, fighting for faith to believe.


[i] The concept of this devotional was taken from a devotional given by David Abernethy at Operation Christmas Child. I took David’s thought and made it my own, any misrepresentation or error is mine. 


Written by Diane Hunt: Diane Hunt serves on the board of America’s Keswick and is the Executive Director & CEO of Changed Choices, a Christian non-profit in North Carolina. She is also a biblical counselor and women’s event speaker. For more information about having Diane speak at your next event please contact her at

Think About This: “Wait on God. He will provide what’s best for your life in due time. Don’t panic. Trust Him.” – Author Unknown

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This Week’s Verse to Memorize: “Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.” Hebrews 4:14-15

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