Caution about Coming to the Wrong Conclusions
This article was originally published as a part of the series titled “Just A Thought”
It is easy to look at the data and come to the wrong conclusion.
Today, you and I will all day long be looking at “the data.” If we rely on our own best thinking we will no doubt come to the wrong conclusion. We will make bad deals, hire the wrong people, and be afraid of those we shouldn’t. Consider these examples…
Making deals: The Gibeonites dressed up in old clothes, took moldy bread, and cracked wineskins, then asked the Israelites for a treaty since they came from far away. It was a ruse – they lived nearby. Joshua 9:14 says, “So the Israelite leaders examined their bread, but they did not consult the LORD.” And then they made a treaty. It is easy to look at the data and come to the wrong conclusions.
Interviews: Samuel, sent to annoint one of Jesse’s sons to be the next king, on seeing Eliab thought to himself, “Surely he is the one!” But the LORD said, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height…The LORD doesn’t make descisions the way you do. People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at a person’s thoughts and intentions” (1 Samuel 16:7). It is easy to look at the data and come to the wrong conclusion.
Opposition: For forty days the Israeliates listened to Goliath and cowered in fear. David looked him over once and said, “Don’t worry about a thing. I can take him. The battle is the LORD’s” then went out and killed Israel’s enemy. It is easy to look at the data and come to the wrong conclusion.
LORD, why would I ever do anything without consulting you?
© 2002 Patrick M. Morley. All rights reserved. This article may be reproduced for any non-commercial use with proper attribution.