We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

The Horse Thief

I stood before the judge and placed my hand on the Bible. It was exactly as I had seen in the movies. There was no reason for me to be nervous; I was in the right and she was guilty.

Life on the farm had recently come to an end. I sold my sheep and fifteen of our twenty-two horses. I kept the seven best horses to sell at a later date. But where do you find a home for seven horses? Amazingly, one of the buyers for one of our quarter horses said that she would be willing to board them as long as I paid for the feed and gave her 10% of the sale of the horses. What a deal! But I didn’t listen to my dad’s advice; he’d always told me, “If it’s too good to be true it’s probably not!” Four weeks went by and I decided to check on my horses.

It was too good to be true. The horses were gone! Come to find out, this woman had a history of scams and thievery. So I took her to court and was about to hear the verdict. My palms were sweating; the judge read the verdict…three counts against her and a mandate to pay me $27,000! Justice had been served.

Eighteen years later I have not receive a penny, nor do I believe that I will. But I have grown in wisdom since then and since wisdom is worth more than gold, I am satisfied with the results. Solomon in Proverbs 14 writes, “The simple believes everything but the prudent gives thought to his steps. One who is wise is cautious and fears God, and turns away from evil, but a fool is reckless and careless.” I’m a little bit more cautious these days before believing things that appear too good to be true.

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