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What If?

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Wednesday of the Twenty-Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

“Had the Lord not been with us … Our help is in the name of the Lord.” (Psalm 124:1, 8)

At Avera McKennan, Code Orange and disaster drills help us prepare for that dreaded "worst case scenario." What if there's a bus crash with multiple injuries? What if a tornado takes out 1 East?

To illustrate the goodness of God, the Psalmist poses an "if" that is simply never true for God's people: "If the Lord had not been with us."  Real life can bring about some pretty rough times  ?  loss, disaster, disappointment and pain.

We can choose to blame God. After all, isn't God in control of all things? Yes, but God is not the instigator of sin and evil. For a time, God allows bad things to happen and uses such events to ultimately bring about good purposes. God's Word never promises that we will escape hardship.

He does promise to be with us. Can we possibly imagine how much worse hard times would be if this were not so? Can I imagine what it would have been like, had the Lord not been with me:
" When the knock on my front door signaled the bringer of bad news
" When no heartbeat could be detected for my unborn child
" When I had to leave family and friends and start over in a new city
" When closely held dreams did not materialize

I can look back at such times and say, "The Lord was with me." Ultimately, I know that the troubles of life are "light and momentary" in comparison to the eternal glory that God has in store. (2 Corinthians 4:17)

If you're going through a hard time today, you can find help in the name of the Lord. He might not remove the trouble from your life, but He will walk through it with you. There's no need to contemplate the worst case scenario: "Had the Lord not been with us." God always is!


Dear Father,

Thank You for Your constant care and presence.

We do not need to fear the “what ifs” of life, because You are always with us.

When hard times come, You are there at our side

providing comfort and strength to overcome our weaknesses.

In Jesus’ Name. Amen.


Donna Farris
Writer/Editor, Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center

ROMANS 6:12-18 •PSALM 124:1B-3, 4-6, 7-8 ● LUKE 12:39-48

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