June 24 & 25/Responsibility

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all admit when we are wrong and take our ‘licks’?

Today’s news mentions a difficult situation where blame is being tossed back and forth for a death. This is serious business. It would be easy to attach blame quickly. So many times we rush to judgment based on what we read online.

But is what we read online true?

That is the question.

Lately, we tend to see opinions posed as facts.

Complications arise when people make decisions without getting all the information needed. Governments do the same. Imagine a doctor who ‘presumes’ where a tumor is positioned and begins cutting. He will be ‘searching’ through your body. That isn’t good. That is why the discovery of radiation by Madame Curie was such an aid to medicine. Now we have all kinds of imaging. Doctors have more clarity when they operate because they can ‘see’ where the tumors are so that they can remove them. Even the, doctors can get some surprises!

If we could get to the facts, it would be much easier to assign the responsibility and come up with the proper punishment. Old Testament laws did make certain situations easier. If your neighbor’s ox got onto your property because you were a lackadasical owner and didn’t keep your fencing up it was your fault. If your ox escaped through no fault of yours and did damage you had to pay damages–but not as much.

The phrase: SEEING IS BELIEVING is popular. None of us want to be tricked in real life…no matter how much we may enjoy going to witness the tricks of a magician as entertainment.

God sees all…and, as Jeremiah points out to us He has everything under control.

Jeremiah 29: 11-For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 

Confessing a mistake is never easy but it simplifies our lives. Saying, “I am sorry,” or “I was wrong” means accepting swift responsibility for our actions. The longer we wait, the harder it is…and, often the harder the punishment.

Rely on God’s wisdom and direction. Accept the responsibility of your actions and confess your faults. You will be wiser and happier..


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