I woke up this morning on my hospital bed feeling I must have lost some weight as my pyjamas seemed outsized to me. On investigation, I found that the nurse had given me Jumbo sized pyjamas instead of the smaller ones I am used to, as she was in a hurry to go off duty yesterday . In reality, I had increased in weight rather than lost weight.
What does the Word of God say about assumptions?
Don’t Assume Your Problems Can’t Be Solved
When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?” He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do. Philip answered him, “Six months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.” (NRSV)
Read about how that problem was solved =>
Miracle of The Loaves And Fishes ~ Jesus Feeds the 5000
(Don’t Assume A Person Won’t Turn To God –
The Story of Rahab The (Former) Prostitute or Harlot
Before the spies lay down for the night, she went up on the roof and said to them, “I know that the LORD has given this land to you and that a great fear of you has fallen on us, so that all who live in this country are melting in fear because of you. We have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to Sihon and Og, the two kings of the Amorites east of the Jordan, whom you completely destroyed.
When we heard of it, our hearts melted in fear and everyone’s courage failed because of you, for the LORD your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below. “Now then, please swear to me by the LORD that you will show kindness to my family, because I have shown kindness to you. Give me a sure sign that you will spare the lives of my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all who belong to them—and that you will save us from death.” (TNIV)
Don’t Assume The Worst In Other People
1 Chronicles 19:2-3
“David thought, “I will show kindness to Hanun son of Nahash, because his father showed kindness to me.” So David sent a delegation to express his sympathy to Hanun concerning his father. When David’s envoys came to Hanun in the land of the Ammonites to express sympathy to him, the Ammonite commanders said to Hanun, “Do you think David is honoring your father by sending envoys to you to express sympathy? Haven’t his envoys come to you only to explore and spy out the country and overthrow it?” (TNIV)
Lessons From The Story of Job
A classic example of arriving at the wrong conclusion based on the wrong assumptions is found in the The Story of Job. Let’s be careful not to jump to conclusions even when things appear to be clearly a certain way – For instance, in this story, Job’s friends applied a correct principle in the wrong manner by making the assumption that Job’s suffering came as a result of his sin or disobedience to God.
May God grant us the wisdom and the patience to resist from making the wrong assumptions about situations we encounter. Amen.
When you’re forming your opinions,
Do it carefully – go slow;
Hasty judgments oft are followed
By regretting – that I know.” — Anonymous
“He will delight in obeying the LORD. He will not judge by appearance nor make a decision based on hearsay.” ~ Isaiah 11:3, NLT
“…the LORD said to Samuel, Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The LORD doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” – 1 Samuel 16:7, NLT
“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” — James 1:19, NIV
“Don’t jump to conclusions – there may be a perfectly good explanation for what you just saw.” – Proverbs 25:8, MSG
“Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.” ~ Luke 6:31, NASB
“For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” ~ Galatians 5:14, ESV