Disbelief is an all too human tendency particularly when it involves people we know who have become better or more than what is expected of them.
How can Juan be an honor student when his parents are not that educated? Why is Evelyn so successful when her family is so poor? How can Elisha and Elijah claim to be prophets when there is nothing previously exceptional about them and their relatives? What makes Jesus so extraordinary when he is just the son of our neighbor, a simple carpenter?
Indeed, the answer to the challenge of determining truth from falsehood, especially as regards positive development in the lives of people we know, lies in praying for God’s gift of discernment.
Without this precious blessing, we are just like the Israelites of
long ago. Our appreciation for good things that happen will be less
because “no prophet from our hometown shall ever be accepted by us.”