Today’s Illustration: Look — Over There!

The online puzzle stated . . . .

84% of people reading this will not find the the mistake in this: A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H,I,J,K,L,M,N,O,P,Q,R,S,T,U,V,W,X,Y,Z.

I went over the alphabet letters, letter by letter, several times!

Finally, I went to the answer [1]

This is a classic example of looking for something which wasn’t what we should have been looking for!

The average person, at least 84% , was distracted from the actual mistake and focused on whether all the letters of the alphabet were there and in the right order.

Mark 4: 19 — And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.

I Corinthians 10:13 — There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

Hebrews 12:2-3 — Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.

Matthew 14:28-31 — But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.

Luke 10:38-42 — And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things.

1 Peter 5:8 — Be sober, be vigilant

Matthew 6:19-21 – Storing up treasures

I Corinthians 7:35  / Luke 8:7 — And this I speak for your own profit; not that I may cast a snare upon you, but for that which is comely, and that ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction.


“If the enemy can’t destroy you he will distract you.”

“If Satan cannot have your heart, he’ll do his best to distract you.”

“When the enemy sends distractions, they never look like distractions until they are finished distracting you.”


Key Illustrative Thoughts:

  • the Devil
  • sanctification
  • direction
  • purpose
  • Bible reading
  • witnessing
  • missions
  • focus
  • distractions
  • goals
  • aims of Iife
  • money, fame, position, popularity
  • Samson
  • Lot
  • David & Bathsheba


Sermonic Example:

(use whatever information from above you find useful)

. . . . The puzzle stated . . . . 

84% of people reading this will not find the mistake in this: A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H,I,J,K,L,M,N,O,P,Q,R,S,T,U,V,W,X,Y,Z.

I began going over the alphabet letters, and then again, and again — a,b,c,d,e,f,g — looking for a missing letter or a misplaced letter.  They were all there — time and time again.  What I had missed in reading the sentence was what was actually written . . . .

84% of people reading this will not find the the mistake in this: A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H,I,J,K,L,M,N,O,P,Q,R,S,T,U,V,W,X,Y,Z.

84% missed finding the mistake because like me, we were looking for the wrong mistake.  We were distracted! . . . . .



I’m not sure that is even how you write out –two “the” s . . .

One thought on “Today’s Illustration: Look — Over There!

  1. Count me as part of the 84% who missed the well you know!

    Great cheerful article, nice to hear you sounding and writing more positively Pastor Ted, we have all missed that


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