I Was Just Thinking About – MISCALCULATION.
Miscalculation means: “to judge incorrectly; to calculate wrongly.” I suppose at some point we have all miscalculated. It can be a factor in everything ranging from personal financial to one’s capability for a professional position. The Peter Principle states that definitively. What is this principle? “The Peter principle is a concept in management theory formulated by Laurence J. Peter in which the selection of a candidate for a position is based on the candidate's performance in their current role, rather than on abilities relevant to the intended role. Thus, employees only stop being promoted once they can no longer perform effectively, and "managers rise to the level of their incompetence.”
A current miscalculation is the political decision made by the Prime Minister of Great Britain, Theresa May, to hold an early called election for June 8, 2017. Her purpose was to increase the plurality/majority of the Conservatives in Parliament. The result of this election proved to be disastrous as it reduced her majority rather than increasing it.
When application of miscalculation is shifted to spiritual choices and decisions, there are parallels. Old Testament illustrations abound with accounts of miscalculation. Time after time, even though the children of Israel had God in their midst, they miscalculated and allowed themselves to ignore Him and to do their own thing. More than once, they were carried away into captivity and experienced hardship and deprivation. Then, after a period of years, the Lord God would deliver them from their bondage and give them a new opportunity to acknowledge Him and to walk in His ways. This was His intention in the words of Isaiah 30:20-21, “Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them. Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying: This is the way; walk in it.”
When I think of the possibilities for the 21st Century Church, the trends in it and the cultural infiltration, I wonder if the words of Deuteronomy 30:15-20 could serve as a template for us today. The Lord spoke and said: “See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, but if your heart turns away and you are not obedient, and if you are drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them, I declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed. This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him.” Has God changed? No! Has the Church changed? What do you think?
Prayerfully – consider these things with me.