- Do you struggle taking instructions from others?
- Do you struggle in delegating tasks?
- Do you enjoy taking total control over events?
A weakness that is inherent in man is his desire to control events and take matters into his own hands. Trying to exert control over the events of others without sufficient information or based on the wrong assumptions can sometimes lead to devastating consequences. It is dangerous to assume that you are helping an individual achieve an objective without clarifying and establishing an agreement on the proposed methods and expected results. Your perspective can and will differ from others, hence the danger of inaccurate assumptions. In 2 Samuel v 8 – 12, we see an example of what happened to a group of men who thought they were doing David a favour:
They brought the head of Ish-Bosheth to David at Hebron and said to the king, “Here is the head of Ish-Bosheth son of Saul, your enemy, who tried to take your life. This day the LORD has avenged my lord the king against Saul and his offspring.” David answered Recab and his brother Baanah, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, “As surely as the LORD lives, who has delivered me out of all trouble, when a man told me, ‘Saul is dead,’ and thought he was bringing good news, I seized him and put him to death in Ziklag. That was the reward I gave him for his news! How much more-when wicked men have killed an innocent man in his own house and on his own bed-should I not now demand his blood from your hand and rid the earth of you!” So David gave an order to his men, and they killed them. They cut off their hands and feet and hung the bodies by the pool in Hebron. But they took the head of Ish-Bosheth and buried it in Abner’s tomb at Hebron.
Sometimes we take matters into our own hands with the belief that we are offering assistance, when in actual fact we are presenting ourselves as obstacles because we have not bothered to clarify and establish the requirement of individuals. I wonder how many people charged for aiding and abetting thought they were helping when in fact they were obstructing justice!
Points to Ponder:
- Only the truth sets you free?
- Humility involves submitting your strong will to the truth
- Patience involves suspending your actions until the truth reveals itself
©Insight for the Day 2018