Sliding doors

Today’s readings are Hosea 11:12-12:14 and Luke 12:13-21

In the movie sliding doors, two  alternative scenarios are played out in parallel regarding a woman’s relationship with her husband. The movie creates a “what if” scenario.

The passages before us this morning create a similar feel – particularly when read together.

In Hosea, we read about a nation judged for their evil… and we wonder “what if?” What if they had been obedient to God? What if they had lived in covenant faithfulness? What if rather than chasing the wind and pursuing dishonest gain, they had pursued the Lord God? Imagine the regrets…

In Luke we find a parable about a rich man who pursued selfish gain during his bumper harvest but was never able to enjoy the life he had prepared for himself as his life was taken from him that night. Imagine the regrets… From Jesus’ comment on the parable (v21), we can take it that the scenario would have ended differently had the rich man made a different decision regarding the bumper crop.

Today will be full of sliding door situations for all of us. Sometimes they are little decisions, sometimes big. Life is the cumulative effect of our decisions. The point is not to be overwhelmed by them, but to live in obedience to God in even the little decisions. Under God, the “what if” then becomes irrelevant. As Proverbs 16:9 reminds us

In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.

As we approach today’s sliding doors, may we live with humble obedience such that we have no regrets come the days end.


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