Technical Details

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A man obtained several prestigious certifications and degrees in cyber security.  Using his knowledge and some guessing, he made certain predictions that soon happened.  His reputation was built overnight by the sensation it caused, even though he had almost no practical background.

Several companies offered him positions, and he accepted a job offer from a company that was able to meet his salary requirements.  His first task was to evaluate the effectiveness of a particular product in comparison to the competition.   Having no real experience with actual products, he read the high level details and then asked a lot of questions. He had been assigned some very competent individuals who provided him with detailed explanations, reports, and statistics.  The reports clearly laid out certain flaws in the product he was evaluating.  He was surprised at how flagrant the flaws were; for it was obvious that leadership must already be aware of the gaps in functionality.

He wondered how to proceed, assuming there was a political element to the assignment.  He assumed he might be fired if he told the truth without more to back it up.  After debate, he decided it best to turn his attention to the competition.  He intended to offer solutions to the gaps he found, but also hoped for a few failings to make his report a little easier to accept.   After several weeks of work sifting through boring technical details he realized there was a pattern.  The same flaws existed in every product his team had reviewed.  His researchers explained that the technology was not yet advanced enough to support the functionality, but he dismissed that.

The man suspected there was a plot that he had stumbled upon.  It appeared to him that the vendors had all agreed to what was an acceptable level of poor design and practice.  In his opinion the products all promised protection, but none of them delivered it to the level they claimed to.   He was uninterested in the technical details that explained why the functionality was not feasible, for he did not understand them.  To him it was simple, something sinister was going on and he must protect the consumer and uncover the truth.

The man directed his staff to dig deeper and find more information on what he now considered a “cover-up”.   He felt empowered by the justice of his cause, and secretly thought of himself like his favorite detective character on television.   They scoured the internet and technical writings for validation or discovery of the flaws or proof of intentional foul play, and found only a few.  Most were not credible or were very opinionated; with the exception of one article.  Believing it worth his time, the man paid a visit to the author of what he considered an unusually perceptive article.  The individual was very young and very bright and impressed him greatly.  He came away convinced that he had the facts he needed.

On his return, the man submitted a scathing report to the company, along with his resignation.  He had consulted a lawyer on the situation and felt confident he was not bound to anything by the policies he had signed when hired.  He immediately started his own company and hired the young individual who had impressed him.  He made sure to do this with bold statements to the press that hinted of a cover-up.   His company’s objective, clearly stated in every press release, was to provide a superior product that addressed the flaws discovered in the current products available.  Many showed interest in his statements, but a few critics observed that his promises seemed too unrealistic.

Long before a product was ready for release, the man discovered his young employee knew nothing about writing code, and was more an expert in critiquing and modifying existing products.  Attempting to solve this; the man hired additional people who seemed able to resolve the technical problems his employee could not, but it was too late.  After two missed release dates, he closed the company down with a large outstanding debt and made no comment to the press.  He had no practical experience and no technical knowledge, but had expected that his intentions, ideals, and theories were enough.

—————Thoughts that motivated this story—————

In this story I focused on unearned power and foolishness.

And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.

In Matthew 4:6 Satan charges Jesus to force God’s hand to save Him from certain death by jumping from the temple.  I found it strange that contemplation on suicide was a ‘temptation’ for Jesus, but it did seem to pop out as that at first.  On further scrutiny I realized the temptation was to make God keep to His promises and prove what was said back in Psalm 91, that God was dependable.  All along in this study of Matthew I’ve noticed that although Jesus was the promised King of Kings, He led a life far from a king’s life.  Here it seems Satan is pointing out the same thing.  Since He is the Son of God, let God take care of Him and do something miraculous and no doubt that will be noticed.

Were the temptation followed up on, who would have been in control?  Jesus had the decision to make, and when we are tempted we have a decision to make as well.   We can’t blame the circumstances or even blame the tempter like Eve did, because we made the choice.  By acting (maybe even for something good) without seeking the will of the Lord, I am saying to God “I am in control of my life and I know best.”  Here’s an example of “I know best”.  I want God to show up in a mighty way and change hearts.  I want Him to show that perfect love and mercy is actually real and personal.  Is what I want my way or God’s way?  That attitude, although certainly not against God on the surface, shows that I would prefer to take God off the throne because I know better.  By quoting scripture and promises we may even claim God is locked into fulfilling them, and feel quite powerful in that belief.

Take a look at the way Satan twists promises into obligation, and takes God’s control out.  Were there a formula; a magic prayer, a magic verse, a magic argument to conversion or meeting what we want – it would mean that God had handed all power over to men if they just wielded it.  God’s spirit does grant power, but it is power within God’s will.  I didn’t earn the power and wisdom I have been granted, heck I didn’t even earn the family I was born to.  I am guilty of so much presumption to think I know better, and to think I deserve to make up my own mind on matters that concern me.  Isn’t God concerned as well?

See others stories on the topic of God’s willclick here to read similar stories, or here to read the next story by verse.

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A wonderfully blessed, self-critical person who loves to learn new things, delights in the little victories and gifts, and deeply respects wisdom. I enjoy writing and telling stories. I love outdoor activities and my career, coworkers, family, and the wonderful folks in my church family who teach me so much about how to walk confidently when you can't see where you're going.

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