TITLE: 4 Stupid Things Believers Do
TEXT: Genesis 16:1-4
PROPOSITION: When we ignore the counsel of God we will do stupid things.
KEY WORD: Alternatives
SCRIPTURE READING: Same
Let fleshly desire overrule good sense (1b – 2b)
Listen to those who are unfamiliar with the Word of God (2c- 4a)
Blame others for problems they bring on themselves (4b)
In an earlier day a certain young man was seeking a job as a Morse code telegraph operator. He found an advertisement in the want ads and went to the address that was listed. When he arrived it was a large, busy, noisy office. In the background he could hear the chatter of a telegraph key. A sign instructed applicants to take a seat and wait until they were summoned to enter the inner office. Eight candidates had gotten there ahead of him; they were seated along the wall. This was discouraging, but still he sat down to wait.
After about two or three minutes the young man stood up, stepped over to the door of the inner office, and walked in. Naturally all of the other applicants started looking at each other and muttering. Within about three minutes the young man came back out the door with the employer who said, "You gentlemen may go now. The position has been filled." Several of them began to grumble. One spoke up and said, "I don't understand. He was the last to come in. We never even got a chance to be interviewed, and he got the job. That's not fair."
The employer said, "All the time you've been sitting here the telegraph key has been ticking out a message. It said, 'If you understand this message, come right in. The job is yours.' None of you heard it. He did. He got the job. "
Thanks to Dave Redick for the ideas of this sermon.