Jumping to Conclusions

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Jumping to Conclusions
December 15, 2019

Read: 1 Corinthians 4:1-5

Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes. (v. 5)

People who are prone to jumping to conclusions tend to be quick to criticize or judge others. The Corinthians were doing that with Paul. We might ask, so what? Paul says. “With me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you” (v. 3). I love that verse. Every leader should have it memorized, against the inevitable day when unjust criticism comes his or her way.

Some people are prone to judging God as well. You say God is great and God is good? OK, explain children’s cancer or the Holocaust to me. Those are tough questions, to be sure. The fact that our loving, all-powerful heavenly Father allows evil and suffering to continue is terribly troubling. But the apostle offers one very helpful—we might say, timely—reminder. Don’t judge too quickly. Don’t jump to premature conclusions, especially about God’s goodness, power, and justice.

Paul can take human criticism in stride because, whether it is justified or not, this is not the judgment that really matters. The judgment that matters will happen on the Day, when Christ comes. Then the hidden things will be brought to light. Motives will be revealed, secrets will be laid bare, truth will be known, questions will be answered.

The problem with passing judgment, whether on people or on God, is that we don’t know enough now to make an informed decision. But one day, we will. —David Bast

As you pray, ask God for the grace to withhold judgment until the time, when the Lord comes.

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