I’m reading, “What If?-Scientific Answers to Absurd Questions.” Questions like, “What happens if the earth stops spinning but the atmosphere retained its velocity?” or “Would the moon change color if everyone on earth pointed a laser pen towards it.”
Have you ever played the “what if” game with Scripture? What if the woman at the well refused Jesus spiritual overtures (cf John 4)? Would she be like the proverbial fig tree and cut down (cf. Luke 13:6). If the woman says no, the Samaritans don’t have a chance to believe (cf. John 4:36) or does Jesus share a meal and have lunch with the woman and her boyfriend week after week? What if Moses says no to God’s offer at the burning bush? What happens to Israel?
If you take away freedom from the Bible, you take away it’s heart.
Sirach 15:14-15, “God in the beginning created human beings and made them subject to their own free choice. God in the beginning created human beings and made them subject to their own free choice. If you choose, you can keep the commandments; loyalty is doing the will of God.”
Galatians 5: 1, “For freedom Christ has set us free.”
A truly free person habitually uses the “what if” situations and aligns them to God’s will.
Every day I encounter hundreds of “what if” situations. Most, seemingly are of no consequence. But as the Gospels indicate, its at the “water cooler” where God gives us a chance to choose perfect freedom.
In John 4:10, Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”
If you knew, how important the grocery worker in aisle five was to overall purpose of God. If you knew what role your neighbor plays in the redemption of your community.
Jesus warns us He is a man of many disguises (cf. Matthew 25) so in a sense we already know the answer to “what if”?