Long before I took any college business or educational supervision courses, I learned the need to check out a situation before drawing a conclusion and taking action. I am still working on the art of that though. Little kids learn quickly to survey the situation. Just this month, I saw a video on how babies respond to the look, sounds and actions of their parents. In an excerpt from this psychological research, the video showed how the baby responded to his mother smiling, talking and cooing at him. Then, the parent went expressionless and did not speak. Instantaneously, the baby recognized the change in facial expressions, heard the lack of engaging sounds and knew something was wrong. The smile was erased quickly from his face. The baby tried motions, laughter and sounds to try to bring his smiling, talking and cooing mother back to no avail. At that, the baby began to express his frustration in the only way he knew how; he cried. At that moment, the mother assumed the engaging behavior. The baby stopped crying and began smiling. The baby showed us TRUST: Assess The Situation then act.
For most uninformed people, Jesus, in the temple with the money changers and dove merchants, does not look so loving. However, before that, Jesus demonstrated TRUST: Assess The Situation. Mark 11
11 Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple courts. He looked around at everything, but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve.
From reading the scriptures, we see consistency in Jesus’ action when He reaches a town or city with a temple.When He gets to that town, He goes there almost exclusively to teach. Remember Jesus as a boy when He said, ““Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?”” (Luke 2:49) In that case, He was saying to Joseph and Mary –TRUST: Assess The Situation. In Mark 11, Jesus again demonstrates TRUST: Assess The Situation. He goes into the temple courts and makes an assessment of what is going on.
Later in the passage, we see Jesus return in action. He “began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, 16 and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. 17 And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’”” Jesus assessed the situation and took action. He always does.
For the believer today, 19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? (1 Corinthians 6:19). Followers of Christ also know the Holy Spirit TRUST: Assess The Situation. In John 14:26, Jesus tells us “26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. ” We know the Holy Spirit uses the Word of God to speak to us. Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” The temple courts are our mind and the inner temple is our heart.
As a follower of Christ, we are not our own. We belong to God; therefore, we must demonstrate TRUST: Assess The Situation. The Word of God in Proverbs 19:2 stresses TRUST: Assess The Situation. I like the way that verse sounds in this way – it is not good to have zeal without knowledge, nor be hasty and miss the way. You can click the link for biblical translations.
Ask God to lead you today in TRUST: Assess The Situation. There are circumstances that will challenge you. Let God lead you today as you TRUST: Assess The Situation.