The Mines of King Solomon (part 20)

An elderly widow goes to her local supermarket. This is nothing special, because she often buys there, but this day will not be like any other. As she pushes her cart through the corridors, a well-dressed gentleman comes to her, extends her hand and says: "Congratulations! They have won. You are our thousandth customer and therefore you have won a thousand euros! "The little elderly lady is out of joy. "Yes," he says, "and if you want to increase your profits, you just have to give me 1400 Euro - for the processing fees - and their profit will increase to 100.000 Euro." What a gift! The 70 year old grandmother does not want to miss this wonderful opportunity and says, "I do not have that much money with me, but I can go home quickly and get it." "But that's a lot of money. Would you mind if I accompanied you to her apartment to make sure nothing happened to you? "Asks the Lord.

She thinks for a moment, but then agrees - after all, she is a Christian and God would not let anything bad happen. The man is also very respectful and well-mannered, which she liked. They go back to their apartment, but it turns out that she does not have enough money at home. "Why do not we go to your bank and pick up the money?" He offers her. "My car is just around the corner, it will not be long." She agrees. At the bank, you pick up the money and give it to the Lord. "Congratulations! Give me a moment. I'll go and get your check from the car. "I'm sure I do not have to tell you the rest of the story.

It's a true story - the elderly lady is my mother. You shake your head in astonishment. How could she be so gullible? Every time I tell this story, there is someone who has already had a similar experience.

All shapes and sizes

Most of us have ever received an e-mail, text message or phone call to congratulate us on a win. All we have to do to win the prize is to share our credit card information. Such frauds come in all shapes, colors and sizes. As I write these words, a TV ad offers a miracle diet that promises a flat stomach within days. A pastor encourages his congregation to eat grass so that they are closer to God, and a group of Christians prepares once again for the return of Christ.

Then there are chain mail: "If you forward this email to five people within the next five minutes, your life will be instantly enriched in five ways." Or "If you do not immediately forward that email to ten people, you have unlucky for ten years. "

Why do people fall victim to such ripoffs? How can we become more judgmental? Salomon helps us in saying 14,15: "A misunderstanding still believes everything; but a smart guy takes care of his walk. "Being incomprehensible has to do with how we approach a particular situation and life in general.

We can trust too much. We can be impressed by the appearance of people. We can be very honest and trust that others are also honest with us. A translation of the scripture passage states: "Do not be stupid and believe everything they hear, be wise and know where you are going." Then there are the Christians who believe that if they have enough faith in God, everything will be for their benefit. Faith is good, but a belief in the wrong person can be a disaster.

I recently saw a poster outside a church that said:
"Jesus came to take away our sins, not our minds." Wise men think. Jesus himself said, "And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength" (Mk 12,30).

To take time

There are other factors that need to be taken into account: over-reliance on the ability to understand, judge and, of course, greed plays a big role. Sometimes people of easy faith are quick to make decisions and do not think about the consequences. "It's too late next week. Then somebody else will have it, although I wanted it so much. "Planning an Emsigen brings abound; but if you act too fast, you will lack it "(Spr 21,5).

How many difficult marriages begin with a partner who urges others to marry faster than he or she wanted? Not to be gullible with Salomon's solution is to take the time to look at and rethink everything before making a decision:

  • Think things through before acting. Too many people trust logically sounding ideas as logically thought-out ideas.
  • Ask questions. Ask questions that go below the surface and help them understand.
  • Searching for help. "Where there is no wise counsel, the people will perish; but where there are many counselors, there is help "(Spr 11,14).

Important decisions are never easy. There are always hidden profound aspects below the surface that need to be found out and considered. We need other people who support us with their experience, expertise and practical help.

by Gordon Green

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