Friday, 27 December 2013

What if?

Bronx subway platform
Did you ever stop to think about how a single decision might have changed your life?  What if you would have moved to a different city as you were growing up; what if you had made a different educational decision at age 18; what if you had chosen different friends; what if you had made a different career decision somewhere along the line?  In fact we know one couple who believes that the Holy Spirit directed them to a specific subway stop in the Bronx (NYC).  Two strangers struck up a conversation and the rest is history, they have been married for 25 years.  I know another couple very well, who found themselves on an on-line dating service.  The man stumbled into the site by accident in the middle of the night and the woman renewed her membership the same night just to respond to a message.  They have been married almost ten years.  I know of a young man who accepted one of three jobs offered to him purely on the basis of the starting salary, thirty-five years later he retired from that company.  What if he would have made a different choice?

The decisions that we have made over our life time have contributed to where we are today.  Some of those decisions have been huge in the scheme of things while others have been a matter of deciding to stay up too late and finding ones-self on a dating website.

Where a Christian’s free will collides with God’s ultimate will is speculative at best.  Certainly from a Christian perspective if we have been in prayer about a particular decision one would hope that it would align with God’s will.

Then of course Romans 8:28 which says that, “We are confident that God is able to orchestrate everything to work toward something good and beautiful when we love Him and accept His invitation to live according to His plan.”  That is a game changer.  God can change the outcome of every decision if it is not in accordance with his ultimate will.  God can use the decisions we make and transform them into decisions that can ultimately bring him glory or at the very least contribute to our spiritual development.

In the final analysis the “what if” question is somewhat superfluous for a Christian because God will use all of our decisions to help us to grow to become more like the Son.  So if you are finding yourself in a particularly difficult situation because of a decision that you made yesterday or twenty years ago, know that God is working on your behalf to make the outcome that which is ultimately best for you.

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