What’s the worst that can happen? This question flies through my head on an almost daily basis.
Except I don’t actually think this question, so much as answer it. Whenever I am given a situation, I immediately think of what could go wrong. It is just the way my brain works.
One day, while riding in the passenger seat of our car, I freaked out and yelled at my husband to slow down. He got upset because he had complete control of the car and my reaction signalled to him a lack of trust. I had to explain, the second we hit that curve going just a tad too fast, an image of our car rolling off the road flashed through my mind. I kid you not. It was instantaneous, and completely involuntary… and yes an over reaction; but that is the image my brain produced, the worst case scenario.
At this point you may think I am crazy or be saying “yes! My brain does this too!” I admit it is both a blessing and a curse.
The wonderful people at StrengthsFinder helped me see the blessing part. According to their algorithms, my top strength is being deliberative, which means I make really good, well informed decisions. Deliberative people approach life from a “risk management” standpoint (Isn’t that a nice way of saying I always anticipate the worst?).
The problem with this approach, is sometimes the worst case scenario is really terrible (like our car rolling over), and thinking like this causes a lot of fear and anxiety.
This is why I am so glad when it comes to being a child of God, there is no worst case scenario.
Seriously, just look at Romans 8:35-39:
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
In his commentary, Matthew Henry says Paul is essentially throwing down the gauntlet here. He is daring all our enemies to do their worst, because he is 100% confident in this truth:
Nothing can separate us from the love of God and as long as we are with God, we will be more than conquerors in every situation.
Now my “risk management” brain would never do this. Dare the enemy to do his worst? Are you kidding? Do you know what he can do? All we need to do is read about Job to be reminded of the destruction the enemy can cause.
Yet, God says it doesn’t matter what our enemies do. We don’t need to run scared, or make decisions based out of fear of what could happen. No need to imagine the worst case scenario because there isn’t one.
He has called us according to His purpose and we are to live it out while bringing glory to him, regardless of what happens to us.
Matthew Henry explains it this way: “It is only through Christ that loved us, the merit of his death taking the sting out of all these troubles, the Spirit of his grace strengthening us, and enabling us to bear them with holy courage and constancy, and coming in with special comforts and supports. Thus we are conquerors, not in our own strength, but in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.”
If you are like me, you probably have enough stress and anxiety and aren’t ready to throw down the gauntlet in front of your enemies. But it doesn’t really matter if we offer the challenge or not, at some point we will be attacked.
Maybe you are in the middle of a battle right now, or perhaps you are in the calm period between the storms.
Whatever your situation is today, we can all claim and rejoice in the truths of Romans 8:35-39:
Nothing can separate us from the love of God.
As long as we remain in God’s love we will find strength, courage, and comfort.
As long as we remain in God’s love we will be more than conquerors.
When it comes to God reigning over our lives, there is no worst case scenario.
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