Do you ever get the “If Onlies”? That’s when you basically regret whatever decision you made, because you now are experiencing the consequences of it. Such as, “If only I had focused on my college education while I was in College, then maybe I would know what to do in this job situation.” “If only I had not driven so fast, then I wouldn’t have gotten that ticket.” “If only I had listen to my parents, then I wouldn’t have stayed with that boy and ended up in this predictment.” We all get the “If Onlies” once and awhile. Hopefully, we can learn from them and not make the same mistake twice or even be able to offer advice to others. God gets the “If Onlies” about us. Read Psalm 81: 13-14.
13 If only My people would listen to Me and Israel would follow My ways, 14 I would quickly subdue their enemies and turn My hand against their foes.”
God gives us so much that it should be easy to obey Him. Yet it is like we are never satisfied or we still don’t trust Him. We are just as stubborn as the Israelites. They saw so many miraculous and wonderful things done by God and yet they instantly would not obey Him and wonder off His chosen path for them. They ended up so many times during their history fighting enemies, starving and having their homes taken from them. God thinks to Himself, “If only My people would have listen to Me and Israel (or put your name here) would follow My ways.” Look what blessings He would have given the Israelites (or put your name here) if they/we would have only followed Him whole heartedly. If we had not followed our selfish desires, our enemies would have been subdued. If only we had obeyed, life might have been better. Wisdom would be not to have the “If Onlies” or to cause God to have the “If Onlies”, but instead to follow His ways and obey.