A couple of weeks ago I had a fun study with my mom and sister. I had taught a lesson earlier back in Texas about assumptions.
The Proverbs say a lot about our speech and making assumptions.
Here’s the game…
Can you think of Bible examples where people made assumptions? There are so many.
What about the story of Naaman in 2 Kings 5? Naaman said, “Behold, I thought…” He assumed that Elisha was going to tell him to do something different than what he instructed. He was wrong. Thankfully, he was able to recover.
What about the story of Job and his friends? They assumed that Job had sinned, and as a result gave Job a lot of grief. It would be God in Job 42:7 who would correct them… “My wrath is kindled against you and against your two friends, because you have not spoken of Me what is right as My servant Job has.”
Sadly, making assumptions can become deadly if not careful. Do you know where I’m going to next?
The story of Judas. He betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. But then he felt remorse. He gave the money back.
What was he thinking at that time? Did he think there was no way he could recover from his mistake? Did he assume this? Maybe. But what if he would have waited just a few days?
His whole situation could have been different. Making assumptions…
Sometimes we can be right…
Many times we are way off…
Be careful with making assumptions.
With your brethren…
With your family…
With your God…Wow!!!!
The Israelites back in Numbers 14 assumed they were too small to defeat the people in the land that God promised to give them. That assumption would become deadly for many of them. They would die in the wilderness.
Assumptions can be deadly if not careful.
Have you ever assumed something with respect to the Scriptures? Don’t assume! Go to the word. See what it says.
See what it says about marriage and divorce, Ephesians 5:20-33; Matthew 19:1-11.
See what it says about following Jesus, Luke 14:25-28.
See what it says about worship, John 4:24; Acts 2:42, 20:7.
See what it says about being born again, John 3:5, 3:16, Mark 16:16; Acts 18:8, 22:16; Ephesians 2:8-10; 1 Peter 3:21.
Don’t assume! It could cost you ETERNITY with God in Heaven.
Oh yeah, one more thought. Don’t assume that just because you’re experiencing difficult days, or your prayers aren’t being answered as you think they should be, that God doesn’t care… HE DOES!!!
Avoid that Assumption