May 05, 2022 Alan Daws

What If I'd ...

What If I'd ...

The older I get I often think back over my life and wonder "what if I'd..." Have you ever done that? I think of things like, "If I had went to a different college, or if I'd gone after this career or that one, or what if I'd moved to Alaska (or any other place) earlier in my life." It can be fun to think about those things, but every time I do, I realize that where I am today is exactly where God wanted me to be. I think that no matter what I would have done, God would move in my life in a way so that I'm here where He wants me.

In 1 Corinthians 7 Paul writes, "Let each one live his life in the situation the Lord assigned when God called him." Now this is in the context of questions about marriage the Corinthians asked Paul, but this verse struck me. God called us to be His in our life situation and that's where He wants us. Now, He may move us to different places or put us in different life situations, but the one we were in when He called to Himself is where He wants to live and minister.

Practically, this means we should stay in the world where we live and work so we can be the light of Christ in our setting. It's easy for Christians to get caught up with church, Bible studies, and being around other Christians that we forget where we were living when God called us. He wanted us to be a missionary in our setting!

Praise God for where you are! Don't compare yourself to others or wish you had done this or lived there. God called you to live and grow at the very place you are and at this very time. Don't change your surroundings, let God work through in your surroundings.