“So Haman came in, and the king asked him, ‘What shall be done for the man whom the king delights to honor?’ Now Haman thought in his heart, ‘Whom would the king delight to honor more than me?'”
Look Before You Leap
Divers in Acapulco, Mexico, daily leap from the 87.5-foot-high La Quebrada cliff to the amazement of hundreds of gazing bystanders. In an extraordinary display of bravery, these daredevils risk death as they plunge into a rocky cove below only 12-feet deep. Their secret to success is that they carefully time their leap to coincide with incoming waves. When the waves are at their peak, they provide sufficient water to cushion the dive.
Haman could have profited from such an example before leaping to a conclusion that led to his humiliation. Eagerness to advance his own cause drove him to assume that it was he whom the king wanted to honor. Instead of receiving the privileges he proposed, however, he found himself honoring the man he hated the most, Mordecai.
The world is a dangerous place, especially for those prone to leap before they look. Scams abound even in religious circles. Too often miracle manipulators, financial swindlers and false prophets have operated under the banner of Christianity. Cultists prey on those who are rash or careless. No wonder Jesus warned his disciples, “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves” (Matt. 10:16).
In every area of your life–physical, spiritual, financial, emotional–look carefully before you take a plunge. Compare the claims made by people or groups with what the Bible says. Never assume because they carry the name “Church” or “Christian” that they faithfully adhere to the teachings of God’s Word. Look before your leap. Be gentle, but by all means be wise!
The most dangerous leap is the leap to conclusions
Martin A. Cisneros