The Balance Between Skepticism and Gullibility

Read the Bible in a year by reading Jeremiah 40-42 today.
Some people are way too quick to believe evil reports about other people, and some people are way too slow to believe evil reports about others. Do you fall into one of those extremes?
The Babylonians made Gedaliah governor over Judah. Yet, some were not pleased with him. Therefore, there was a conspiracy to murder him, but he would not believe the report. Jeremiah 40:14 says that someone reported these words to him,
“Do you certainly know that Baalis the king of the Ammonites has sent Ishmael the son of Nethaniah to murder you?? But Gedaliah the son of Ahikam did not believe them” (Jeremiah 40:14).
The report was true, and Ishmael and some other men assassinated Gedaliah. He lost his life because he was slow to believe an evil report. He probably thought that he had good reasons for not believing the report. That is fine. However, what he should have done was investigate it to see if it was true. There has to be a balance in what we hear. We do not want to believe everything we hear, even about our enemies, but we do not want to dismiss everything either.
Today, focus on being a man or woman of discernment.

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