From What If to Even If

Handling Anxiety in the Midst of Uncertainty


The past few days have been a reminder that we are not in control. We find ourselves filled with questions and anxiety. “What if” there isn’t baby formula on the shelf to buy? “What if” my hours will be cut at work? “What if” I’m not able to graduate on time? Christians are wondering how we will continue to share the gospel and teach Jesus’ disciples to obey all that he has commanded. Anxiety is always crouching at our door.

Our resurrected king feared nothing. He wasn’t thrown into panic or anxiety when Satan came to tempt him. Jesus is the only one who is truly in complete control (1 Tim 6:15). A “what if” mindset leads to anxiety and distrust. God’s word tells us to call biblical truths to mind. “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Rom 12:2). By calling gospel truth to mind we reassure ourselves of the confidence and have hope, “even if” the world continues in a pandemic.

1. Jesus does not change. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Heb 13:8) During this pandemic many of those around us are bound to change. Our king’s plan doesn’t change. His plan for his universe doesn’t change. Jesus will not change in character, plan, or holiness. God’s plan to save and make all things new will not change.

2. His kingdom is unshakeable (Heb 12:28). Not only does God’s word tell us his kingdom is everlasting (Ps 145:13), our king and his kingdom have no opponent. No institution, person, sin or virus can revoke our heavenly citizenship (Phi 3:20).

Christ proved and secured these truths. Don’t dwell on the “what ifs”. Renew your mind with the two truths listed above. Don’t be tossed to and fro by pandemic and anxiety. Jesus died for sin, resurrected and ascended to the throne; for God’s glory and the good of his people. Stand firm, clinging to the gospel of our Lord Jesus. “For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison” (1 Cor 4:17)