If you haven’t read it in a while, check out 1 Samuel 1-2. It’s a great story about Hannah, the woman who was unable to conceive, and Eli, the priest who was unable to perceive.. Notice that Eli remained seated while Hannah stood before the Lord and poured out her heart in prayer. Then from a distance, he made an accusation:
How long will you keep on getting drunk? 1 Samuel 1:14
What kind of a question is that? The man didn’t even make the effort to get up and stand next to her. Did she even carry a hint of the smell of alcohol? Yet, he assumed she was drunk without seeking proof.
But, before we criticize Eli too much, it makes me wonder how often we cast judgment from a distance, making assumptions without all the information. This week, pay a little more attention to yourself. And, when you’re tempted to jump to a conclusion, ask yourself if you have all the facts.
Beware the Eli Effect.