My Thoughts. . .
At one time or another, we will ask ourselves, “What if. . .?” What if I had made that choice rather than the one I did make? Guess what? No matter how many “What ifs” you ask yourself, you will never know how your life would have been different if that “What if” had been chosen. Maybe it would have been better, maybe not. We are n0t privileged to make alternate decisions as James Stewart did in the movie, “It’s A Wonderful Life.” “What ifs” are wishful daydreams that could have been nightmares.
What if Saul of Tarsus had not gone to Damascus (Acts 9:1-2)? What if, due to that decision, he became the chief priests in Jerusalem or Gamaliel’s replacement instead? Jewish history books would have praised his accomplishments, but Luke’s book of Acts might not even mention him? The bitter confrontation between Paul and Barnabas would never have happened (Acts 15:36-41). Timothy nor Titus would have received the needed encouragements from Paul (1 & 2 Timothy, Titus). The New Testament would be absent of Romans through Philemon.
What if Philip, looking upon his successful work in Samaria and decided it would be better to continue it rather than preach to one man who was going home (Acts 8:5-8, 12, 26) ? What if Zacchaeus had thought that he was too important to embarrass himself by climbing a tree to view a young itinerant Rabbi named Jesus (Luke 19:1-4)? What if Nicodemus felt his position on the Jewish court was more important than a nighttime visit to talk with a traveling evangelist (John 3:1-2)?
Paul and Silas were beaten unmerciful by an irate crowd. What if they had fled and missed the beating and the resulting jail time (Acts 16:16-19)? What if they had refused to immerse the jailer because he wanted to doctor their wounds first rather than be baptized (Acts 16:33)?
Mordecai told his niece she needed to approach her husband, the king, on behalf of the Jews, to stop an order which was meant to destroy them. His statement to her was, “Who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14). Rather than ask, “What if,” we should be thinking “Who knows?” Who knows whether or not we are where we are today so our presence will make a difference in the lives of those we come in contact with?