The Obvious

A group of kindergarten children visited the local police station and viewed the pictures of the ten most-wanted men. One child pointed to a picture and asked if it really was the photograph of the wanted person. The policeman guide replied that it was.
The youngster inquired, ?Well, why didn?t you keep him when you took his picture??
What seemed an obvious mistake to the child, of course, is from his perspective rather astute. Why they didn?t keep the criminal in custody, however, may be a far more complicated thing. The picture may have been taken before he committed his more serious crimes. He may have served his time and gotten out on probation. He may have escaped. A judge may have released him on a technicality. Who knows? The obvious is not always the whole picture.
So it is with many things. A person you know does something completely out of character. You may assume you know the reason, but do you? Reserve your judgment on appearances, until you know the truth (John 7:24). Ask, probe, and find out the truth, before you speak against something you may not understand.
Solomon by inspiration said, ?The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him? (Proverbs 18:17).
Again, he said, ?Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him? (Proverbs 29:20).
The Word of God, too, is like this. Many fall into error by jumping too quickly to conclusions and without examining all the facts. The Bible taken as a whole teaches we are saved by faith, but it does not teach we are saved by faith alone (James 2:18-26). The Bible teaches we are saved by grace, but it does not teach we are saved by grace alone without faith (Eph. 2:8-10).
There is a difference between something true and the whole truth. Let?s determine to find the whole truth on any subject.

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