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Uncertainty surrounds you. “What if she gets sick?” “What if the company gets sold?”  Or, “What if she lied?” “What if he dies?”

What If

The list goes on…

What if they change their minds?”

What if the stock market tanks?”

And “What if I can’t get a good paying job?”

An endless line of What if’s.

3 Ways to Deal With The “What If’s” in Life

1. In the face of what you cannot know or control, resolve to do what you can – pledge to be present and to care.

Give your word that, as far as it depends on you, you will be there for others and for the life and work you have in common.

“I will!” is stronger than “What if?”

2. “I will” creates an island of certainty in an ocean of uncertainty. Jesus said, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5) Are you looking for inner peace? Trade your “what if’s” for His “I will.”

Make Jesus’ words personal.

Write your name in the blanks – “I will never leave _____ or forsake _______.”

That’s Jesus’ promise to you.

3. Courage isn’t the absence of fear; its facing fear and moving forward anyways. After you put your own name in the verse and make it personal you may still feel “alone” or “forsaken.” This is where faith comes in.

Move forward in faith. Act as though God will make a way… because He will for you.

Act your way into courage rather than waiting for the feeling of being courageous to act.

“It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” (Deuteronomy 31:8)

What’s your story of a “what if” that was trumped by an “I will.” Please leave a comment below.

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Bob Jones

Happily married to Jocelyn for 44 years. We have two adult sons, Cory and his wife Lynsey and their son Vincent and daughter Jayda; Jean Marc and his wife Angie and their three daughters, Quinn, Lena and Annora. I love inspiring people through communicating, blogging, and coaching. I enjoy writing, running, and reading. I'm a fan of the Double E, Bruins, Celtics, Red Sox and Pats. Follow me on Twitter @bobjones49ers


  • Carole Schlachta says:

    My what if is often one of two answers.
    “I have to” is one. I have to do this for his or hers sake. It is so hard because you neglect your own situation. You have to in order to bring him or her through with you. O it is hard! BUT
    When you realize that God says “I will never leave you or foresake you….”
    You known HE will bring him or her and me through, you say I will.
    That is only because you have been able to move from “I have”to “I will”.!fully knowing and experiencing God’s leading, presence and healing.
    My Dad took a scripture from Timothy that I sing to myself often.

    I think that is it.
    In our weakness HE IS OUR STRENGTH!

    So folks, as Pastor Bob says

  • bob jones says:

    There’s a great truth in that song and in the verse. Moving from “I have to” TO “I will” is healthy. Its freeing. Thanks for commenting, Carole.

  • Reyna Hiebert says:

    Thanks for sharing this much needed encouragement. I have so many ‘what if’ questions about my health and my upcoming biopsy. But changing my perspective to “I will” be present and invested in others lives I something I strive towards. Your mind can go crazy dwelling on the what if’s, but understanding that God is for me and that He will not leave me is what I chose to cling to.

  • Bob Jones says:

    Hi Reyna. I saw your FB post. Praying for healing and peace of mind for you.

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