Isaiah 8:19, “When they say to you, “Consult the mediums and the spiritists who whisper and mutter,” should not a people consult their God? Should they consult the dead on behalf of the living?”
1 Corinthians 1:22-25, “For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.”
Everyone With An Opinion
Tipsters! They travel the Southern California racing circuit, handicapping races from Del Mar to Pomona, from Santa Anita to Hollywood Park. For $2, betters can buy their tips on the races of the day at any of the tracks. They follow the circuit each year, scrutinizing horses, trainers, jockeys, and track conditions. They’ve been in business many years, some as far back as 1943, and cater to an established clientele who patronize them annually. If there is anything to know about horse racing – jockey, track, training speeds – they know it. Yet to a man, they admit to being right only 38 to 45 percent of the time.
Everyone has an opinion about life and its vagaries. There’s always a “tipster” who’s studied the problem, figured the odds, and devised a plan to outwit and outfox it. But while opinions abound and self-appointed experts pontificate, who knows for sure but life’s Author? Of all the experts poking around in the human body, brain and psyche, trying to explain, calculate, and predict behavior, who knows but the One who created us in His likeness? Who alone knows the future, as the past?
Courtesy of Speaker’s Sourcebook of New Illustrations by Virgil Hurley copyright © 1995 by Word, Incorporated. Used by permission.
*Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.
God has a thousand ways where I can see not one; when all my means have reached their end then His have just begun. – Guyot
You cannot trace the guidance of the Spirit of God, or diagnose His operations in the secret rooms of the soul. He seems at times to let good go, and to bring instead good out of evil, and light into voluntary darkness. – R.H. Benson
There is a God. The plants of the valley, the cedars of the mountain bless His name; the elephant salutes Him with the rising day; the bird glorifies Him among the foliage; the lightning bespeaks His power, and the ocean declares His immensity. Man alone has said, “There is no God.” – Vicomte de Chauteaubriand
How can you expect God to speak to you in that gentle and inward voice which melts the soul, when you are making so much noise with your rapid reflections? Be silent, and God will speak again. – Francois Fenelon