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Paralysis of Analysis

12.03.17 | Bulletin Article | by J.M. Scott

    He would want me to remind you…

    When seeking to find God's will, I can suffer from the "paralysis of analysis." There are times when the Lord simply wants me to obey the simple command, Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might. [Ecclesiastes 9:10] In Morning and Evening, Charles Spurgeon made some observations on this verse that prove to be very encouraging:

    One:   We are called to do what is possible. There are many schemes which our heart finds to do that we will never do. We must do what our hand finds available. Two:  We are called to do what is present. The text is in the present tense. Spurgeon notes that "the past is gone; the future has not arrived; we shall never have any time but time present. Then do not wait until your experience has ripened into maturity before you attempt to serve God. Bring forth fruit today. Three: We are called to work promptly. Spurgeon says: "Do not fritter away your life in thinking of what you intend to do tomorrow as if that could recompense for the idleness of today. No man ever served God by doing things tomorrow. If we honor Christ and are blessed, it is by the things which we do today."

    The "Prince of Preachers" closes by noting that our "might" is not in ourselves but in God. So, "let us seek His help; let us proceed with prayer and faith, and when we have done what our hand findeth to do, let us wait upon the Lord for His blessing. What we do thus will be well done, and will not fail in its effect." Remember: God measures success by obedience.

    I heard the story about a man who cut his hand and went to the emergency room of a local hospital. In the waiting room he saw two doors. One said, “MEN,” and the other said, “WOMEN.”  He walked through the door marked, “MEN,” and soon saw two more doors. One was marked, “OVER 55,” the other, “UNDER 55.”

    Since he was in his 40’s, he opened the door marked, “UNDER 55.”  As he continued walking he saw two more doors. One had a sign, “OVER BELT,” and the other said, “UNDER BELT.” As he walked through the door, “OVER BELT,” he saw two other doors, “INTERNAL,” and “EXTERNAL.” Since his was an external injury, he went through that door.  With the blood soaking through his temporary, homemade bandage, he kept walking until he came to two more doors. One was marked, “MAJOR,” and the other, “MINOR.” Compared to other kinds of physical problems, he figured the cut on his hand was a minor injury, so he went through that door. 

    Upon walking through that door, he found himself in the hospital parking lot not far from where he had parked his car. He got into his car and went home. Looking at his blood-soaked bandage, his wife asked, “Didn’t they help you?” He replied, “No, but they sure are well-organized.” 

    Don’t over analyze or you may find yourself standing in the parking lot having accomplished nothing! Let’s reach lost people! Analysis complete.

    He would want me to remind you. Think about it. Amen.