Friday, 13th January 2023: Don’t draw conclusions too quickly!

Scripture Reading: Act 5:38
And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought:
Reflections: The Sanhedrin deliberated about the Apostles. They thought the Apostles should be killed for preaching about Jesus. Gamaliel was the exception to this hasty opinion. He stopped his colleagues from carrying out their intentions by logically examining two historical events involving new faith movements whose founders claimed to be of God but failed. He claimed that since time demonstrated these ministries to be phoney, the Sanhedrin should leave the Apostles and their new faith alone until time validates them. This rational argument saved the Apostles. From this perspective, we can see that decision-making may require some form of unbiased rationality. Like Gamaliel, don’t just jump to conclusions. Learn to be analytical whenever the need arises. Let the Holy Spirit guide you!
Prayer: Dear Lord, whenever the need arises, guide me to examine any situation systematically before I conclude.
Confession: I am analytical whenever I have to be.