La La Land

They actually showed two possible endings

Nahum 1:1-15

Reference: “The Lord is slow to anger but great in power; the Lord will not leave the guilty unpunished. His way is in the whirlwind and the storm, and clouds are the dust of his feet.” ‭Nahum‬ ‭1:3‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Explore: I recently watched the movie La La Land with Ryan Reynolds and Emma Stone. While I thoroughly enjoyed the movie it did not have your typical Hollywood ending.

Without giving too much away (I hate spoilers!) they actually showed two possible endings. I liked how they portrayed what could have been and then what the real ending of the movie was.

I wonder how many “could have been” scenes we miss in our lives. Choices we could have made but we end up with a different reality.

Sometimes we never know what our life would have been like if we had have taken a different path, but at other times the opposite choice is in obvious contrast to what we decide.

Application: If you mention the city Nineveh a lot of Christians will connect this city with Jonah. After disobeying God’s command and ending up in a big fish, he went to tell the people of Nineveh to turn from their evil ways. He was then very upset with God when they did turn from their wrong doing and God forgave them.

This story is a great example of amazing redemption offered by God.

However, that is not all we hear about Nineveh. In the book of Nahum (written just over 100 years after Jonah) we hear the Ninevites are up to no good again. This is a people who have already experienced the grace of God in their past, but they find themselves making the same mistakes again.

What would life in Nineveh have been like if all the people had have continued to follow God? They knew what life was like with God and yet they chose a different path.

We often do the same thing. We know how healthy our life becomes when we dedicate time and resources to our commitment to God. And yet so often we become lazy and selfish and do our own thing instead.

We are fortunate to follow a loving, gracious God. He knows the result of our decisions yet He still allows us to choose.

May we start making wise decisions that lead to Godly endings rather than choosing a path that leads to our own selfish gain.

Prayer: Lord, open my eyes to Your wisdom so I may follow in Your ways. Lead me to Your endings rather than a conclusion that just feeds my own selfishness. Amen.

What conclusions are your choices leading you to?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.

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