Second Opinions

Second Opinions

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries1 Minutes

Imagine the courtroom scene. A witness stands before a judge and jury, seeking to explain his perspective on events. Isolated, these explanations can seem sufficient – until the witness is cross-examined. A clever lawyer digs deeper. He does not assume one side of the story but tries to spread doubt by attacking assumptions and seeking to paint a revised picture.

What often emerges is that events can be seen from several perspectives. Observers have their own unique conclusions that may be partially correct. But several perspectives are needed to develop a more complete picture of what actually happened.

These may be patterns in the courtroom, but they also provide perspectives that can be helpful in our daily lives. As the Bible reminds us, we can find ourselves just accepting our initial conclusions without really thinking and just going along with the crowd. The Bible encourages us to remember our limits, to realize that we don’t always see things clearly. We need to remember to pray about every decision and remember the wisdom of seeking second opinions and the perspective of people we know to be spiritually discerning. As the Bible says, “there is safety in having many advisers” (Proverbs 11:14 NLT).

Seek to be a discerning listener. Don’t just jump to conclusions, but seek out wise counsel and opinions from mature believers you trust. Pray and seek God’s wisdom about matters you face. Ask Him for discernment.