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It’s Not Always What It Seems

Joe Wagner relates the following story of interest in the Reader's Digest:

I was attending a junior livestock show when a grand-champion lamb, owned by a little girl was auctioned. As the bids reached five dollars per pound, the little girl, standing beside the lamb in the arena, began to cry. At ten dollars, the tears were streaming down her face and she clasped her hands tightly around the lamb's neck The higher the bids rose, the more she cried. Finally, a local businessman bought the lamb for more than $1,000, but then announced that he was donating it back to the little girl. The crowd applauded and cheered!

Months later, I was judging some statewide essays when I cam across one from a girl who told about the time her grand-champion lamb had been auctioned. "The prices began to get so high during the bidding," she wrote, "That I started to cry from happiness." She continued with "The man who bought the lamb for so much more than I ever dreamed I would get returned the lamb to me, and when I got home, Daddy barbequed the lamb — and it was really delicious!"

That funny story illustrates just how easy it is to misjudge the actions and motives of other people. Jesus warns us about judging other people in Matthew 7. It is easy to fully perceive their actions and it is almost impossible to understand their motives. Some people do the worst things for what they believe to be a very good reason, and other people do very good things but not for good reasons at all.

It really would be best to leave judgment up to the Lord. He is the only one who is perfect in knowledge, perfect in wisdom, perfect in justice, perfect in love, perfect in grace, and perfect in righteousness. He is qualified to judge. We are not!

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward