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Love triangle at Stanford Business School?

Dr. Jim Denison is a cultural apologist who helps people respond biblically and redemptively to the vital issues of our day. He is also the co-founder and Chief Vision Officer of the Denison Forum, a Dallas-based nonprofit that comments on current issues through a biblical lens.

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An aerial view from a bucket truck of the Oval and the front of the Main Quad at Stanford University (Stanford News Service/L.A. Cicero)

Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business (GSB) is ranked number one in the world. The New York Times has reported on their success in luring some of the finest economists in America to their faculty. So many were shocked when Dean Garth Saloner resigned last Monday and announced his decision to return to teaching and research.

Now we know the rest of the story: a former employee of Stanford has accused Saloner of seducing another professor, namely the man’s wife. The couple is now getting a divorce. And the GSB is generating publicity no business school wants.

There’s usually more to the story than we know. Popular actor and comedian Steve Rannazzisi has often described his harrowing escape from the World Trade Center on 9/11, but he now admits that he never worked there and his account was a lie. Not long ago, Carly Fiorina was unlikely to make the main stage for Wednesday night’s Republican debate; now she is widely thought to have won the event.

A friend once noted that we watch life’s parade through a knothole in the fence, while God watches from the grandstand. We know so little of what can be known. As a result, according to John Calvin, “We cannot imagine any certainty that is not tinged with doubt, or any assurance that is not assailed by some anxiety.”

One of the most ironic stories in Scripture is found in 1 Samuel 24. Here King Saul continues his pursuit of David. The king unknowingly enters a cave where David and his men are hiding. As the text explains, “Saul went in to relieve himself” (v. 3). David’s men urge him to kill his enemy, but he refuses (v. 4).

Later David confronts Saul, explains that he did not attack the defenseless king, and asks, “Why do you listen to the words of men who say, ‘Behold, David seeks your harm?'” (v. 9). David was in the right because he did not listen to men; Saul was in the wrong because he did.

When you face challenges and opportunities today, listen for your Father’s voice. He usually speaks in a “gentle whisper” (1 Kings 19:12, niv), so make time to “be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). If we would impact our culture for Christ, it is imperative that we seek and then speak the truth of God. (Tweet this) Famed missionary Hudson Taylor: “God uses men who are weak and feeble enough to rely on him.”

So remember that Jesus is still “the way, and the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). Thomas a Kempis: “Without the Way there is no going; without the Truth there is no knowing; without the Life there is no living.”

When last did you listen to God?