The Possibilities of "If"
One of the most foreboding words in the combination of letters and vowels is the word if.
This particular word contains only two letters has the capacity to attach itself to every failure or achievement in times past, present and future. It is a word that can cause history, create futures or fuel our dreams and visions.
According to Strong’s Concordance, the Hebrew word han translated to the word if is a hypothetical participle or interjection used to express sentiment or emotion. It can also be used as a sign of a condition or to introduce a conditional sentence.
In 2 Chronicles 6:12-42, Solomon dedicates God’s house and stands as the leader of the nation of Israel. He petitions God on behalf of the people to forgive, bless and protect them. The king goes on to provide several “if” scenarios for the possibility that God’s people would sin against Him.
God responds with His own possibilities for the tiny big word “if.”
13 If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people;
14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:13-14
Of course, everything is not in our control. However, as individuals and as nations, we must own the myriad of current conditions we have allowed to overrun our countries and societies to result in mass moral decay. As believers, we have been afforded conditional possibilities:
God explicitly attaches criterion to be met for the performance of this conditional clause:
- Acknowledge Him as God; Lord of all.
- Confess sin (both personally and for others as a nation that has turned away from God).
- Offer thanksgiving. Although detrimental conditions exist, thank Him for all that is good.
- Petition Him on the behalf of others and yourself.
- Seek His face in honesty and sincerity with no pretense or self-serving agenda.
- That we turn (repent to make strides to change for your life choices or habits) as individuals and nations.
In return, God promises to create history.
- He will hear In this respect it means He will consider or regard our petitions.
- He will forgive us.
- He will heal our land.
Reflection: God has given you the possibility of “if.” You have the power to treat your hypothetical participle as a condition of conquest!
Let us pray for our families, churches and communities until we affect positive and measurable change.
This post was inspired by Elder Darryle S. Hardy, Pentecostal Temple Church