If only Gomer . . .
Hosea: Old Testament prophet. Commissioned by God to bring his Jewish people to repentance for seeking out other gods. Relentless bearer of disastrous news to an unfaithful generation. Unappreciated truth-teller. Husband of a prostitute. Bet you didn’t see that coming. (Unless you’ve been following this blog the past couple weeks – or read the book of Hosea in the Bible.)
But, yeah. Enter Gomer. The unfaithful wife of a man of God.
And with just those details, can you imagine that Gomer might often say, “If only . . . .”?
If only I wasn’t married to him. If only I measured up to him. If only God loved me as much as He loves Hosea. If only I hadn’t compromised myself. If only I could say “no” when I should. If only. If only. If only.
I’m pretty sure we are good with that phrase in our century too:
- If only I were skinnier.
- If only I had more money.
- If only I could forgive that man.
- If only I could believe what God says in His Word.
- If only I had more time.
Maybe it’s time we replaced if only with What if . . .
- What if I were skinner? (what difference would it really make?)
- What if I had more money? (what then?)
- What if I forgave? (how would things be different?)
- What if I chose to believe what God says in His word? (how would my life change?)
- What if I had more time? (what then?)
See……if only invites pity. What if creates vision.
I don’t know if a new vision for her life would have changed Gomer’s actions; but I’m willing to give it some serious consideration for my life.
What if I had more vision for change in my life?
What if you had vision for change for your life? Go ahead – ask yourself, “What if . . .” I dare you!