IF. The “four letter word” of the English Language.

 Deuteronomy 28 is an amazing chapter in the Bible that lays out some of the promises we have had spoken over our lives. It is filled with wonderful! It just absolutely oozes Jesus and makes you all warm and fuzzy inside. (Please, please, please do yourself a favor and read it. You need to know what is available to you as a Christian) God’s promises for you break off fear and give you power to live confidently walking in the favor of the Lord. It’s amazing!

Now, let’s just be flat-out honest here (you guys know how I feel about that). If you dig down deep and look past what you think you’re supposed to say His promises are really the reason you were attracted to Jesus. There I said it. People followed Jesus because of the talk going around of how He healed the blind and lepers…how He hung around the rejected and dirty…the one’s no one else would help. We’re no different. We come to Christ because of His love for us and His love for us is why He floods us with His promises. We study out the life of Jesus and we are filled with hope by the blessings His word is absolutely filled with.

I’m going to take a detour here and we’ll get back to Deuteronomy in a moment. First, a word study. We all know about four letter words.  Mostly because the typical language of the world in which we live contains many shall we say “colorful” four letter words. From our day-to-day conversation to movies and even music…honestly you can’t escape it. Asking children (and some adults) about four letter words will likely get you giggles and gasps.

What about two letter words? Why don’t they carry the same stigma? How many two letter words are there in the English language? (Seriously…I don’t even know) As I contemplated all of these questions and the content of this post I started to research two letter words and could not find a definitive list. Two letter words just don’t hold the same reputation as four letter words do but the particular two letter word I have in mind should. It carries with it life and death. A powerful little word that is often times skipped over, dismissed, or forgotten.

Ready for the great unveiling?…IF. A word of small proportion with massive consequence.

IF…a word used to say that something must happen before another thing can happen.

-Merriam Webster

 

Every single thing good or bad we experience is married to if. Think about it. You will get rewarded IF…You will get a spanking IF…You can have IF…You will lose IF…I could go on forever but you get the idea. If is the word that promises and curses hinge on.

It would be amazing if we had no consequence and life just fell into our laps without any effort on our part but that is just not where we are at. Stinks. I know but it is what it is and that’s how it is.

If is the “four letter word” of the English language.

Now, back to Deuteronomy. All of those warm, fuzzy, smile inducing promises we read and applied to our life were preceded with that big, fat, “four letter word” IF. Have you noticed it before today? Oh it’s been there…in fact the Bible is quite familiar with the word. If is written in the Bible some 1600 times dependent upon which version you are studying. Have you seen them? What about the ifs here in Deuteronomy? Every single one of those amazing blessings from verses 1-14 are preceded and abruptly halted by a series of equally jaw dropping curses. Have you even seen those? Too many times we pick and choose what scripture we want to pertain to our lives and which we want to ignore. Oh we may see them…as they pertain to others but not us. You want those blessings? Fantastic. You can have them IF…How about the curses? You swing the hinge. You make the choice.

God lays out blessings and curses in the word and sandwiches that big word if right in between. Read the word. Rejoice in the promises. Get gooseys every time you think about what Jesus is doing in your life and behind the scenes. Just don’t miss the ifs because when you do you risk the second part of the verse and being on the dirty side of that storm will not be pretty! All my love and many blessings friends!

 

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