Devotions

Jumping to Conclusions leads to heartache

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What happens when we quickly we jump to conclusions? Destroyed relationships and heartache, that’s what! Let’s start by taking a peak at our scripture for today.

Matthew 26: 6-13

While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table.

When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. “Why this waste?” they asked.  “This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.”

Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me. When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”

Let’s Think About It

I can’t tell you haw many times I’ve jumped to conclusions find myself incredibly wrong. It’s an incredibly flawed personality trait. Have you found yourself in my shoes before? Whether it was an issue I felt concerned about regarding my friends, my family, my co-workers or even church family, jumping to conclusions was not the best way to go.

The disciples became angry when they saw what they felt was an inappropriate action by the woman. Instead of discussing it privately or professing their feelings with dignity, they insulted and belittled her in front of Jesus. “Why this waste?”  As I read it, I hear it asked with such disgusted tone of voice and it makes me cringe.

We know the disciples did not understand the full picture at this particular moment in time. Even if they tried to open their hearts to get a grasp on Jesus’s circumstance, it would have been impossible.  Just like a pile of scrabble letters, any words of  explanation were a stack on jumbled letters.

We find ourselves in situations like this from time to time. We don’t understand the full picture or perhaps allow our misguided emotions to take action instead of allowing our faith to take control. It’s of extreme importance that we seek guidance from God  and learn to maintain composure before jumping to conclusions.

Let’s Pray About It

Dear Heavenly Father, we ask that you help us maintain composure and search for understanding of the whole picture before jumping to conclusions.  Help us to unscramble the situation and prevent discouraging words from leaving our mouths. Help us to remain kind no matter how we feel about the situation at hand.

Hope you have a good weekend and take care until we meet again!