If. A simple little two letter word with a powerful impact! If is an oft ignored word that is thought little of, until it is given in context:
If you clean your room you can go to the mall with your friends.
I will help you move this weekend, if you pack all the little things in the house first.
If you want this job, you have to commute two hours each day.
I know that if you try harder and study more, you will pass the class.
We truly are a society built on “if” when you stop to think about it. In its definition, “if” is a condition on which something depends, an uncertain possibility, or a supposition. The word “if” is used by most people at least a few times a day, and even more if you have children! It is also used in scripture quite frequently—-about 1500 times actually. God has placed a few “if-then” items in His word. They are typically associated with rules in Leviticus, Deuteronomy, and other old testament books. But it is also used fairly frequently in new testament as well…and once again, it is usually attached to a rule or direction of some sort.
I was reading a daily devotional the other day and came across this “if” scripture in 1 Peter 2:1-3.
Therefore, having put aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy, envies, and evil speaking,
like newborn babies, crave the pure spiritual milk, that by it you might grow up in salvation,
if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.
“If” you have tasted that the Lord is good. Hmmm. One cannot put away the old, the ugly, and the evil without tasting that the Lord is good, and desiring to do His will. We, as Christians, often expect everyone know or have some idea about the Lord’s goodness, but alas, that is not so. Many are lost in doubt and fear, stuck in a place of distrust, and have never tasted the goodness of God, never experienced his mercy and grace, never been embraced by his unending or unfailing love. They have never been show the light of God because no one has taken the time to do so!
Be the light. Be the salt. Illuminate the hearts and minds of those around you with the loving word of God, and let them taste and see that the Lord is good. Be kind when you want to tell someone off. Forgive when all you want is revenge. Be gentle when what you desire is to fight. Use words of encouragement instead of gossip, vulgarity, and cursing. Help those in need. Share the beauty and goodness of God, so everyone can indeed taste the goodness of the Lord.
“If” you truly want to turn hearts to the Lord, then you must walk in His ways and be the blessing he has called you to be in the lives of those around you! What “if” you lived your life for the Lord, what wonderful things he could do through you!?
God bless and keep you, and may your heart never doubt, your mind never fear, and your soul rest assured that the Lord is good indeed!
All my love ❤