* Don’t assume God won’t help you
Because Abraham mistakenly assumed that Abimelech was a wicked man, he made a quick decision to tell a half-truth. Abraham thought it would be more effective to deceive Abimelech than to trust God to work in the king’s life. Don’t assume that God will not work in a situation that has potential problems. You may not completely understand the situation, and God may intervene when you least expect it. (NLT)
Genesis 20:11-13 – “Well,” Abraham said, “I figured this to be a godless place. I thought, ‘They will want my wife and will kill me to get her.’ Besides, she is my sister—we both have the same father, though different mothers—and I married her. When God sent me to travel far from my father’s home, I told her, ‘Wherever we go, have the kindness to say that you are my sister.’”
* Don’t assume worst in others
Three tribe (Reuben, Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh) wanted to live east of the Jordan River (referred to as the Trans-Jordan area) on land they had already conquered. Moses immediately assumed they had selfish motives and were trying to avoid helping the others fight for the land across the river. But Moses jumped to the wrong conclusion. In dealing with peop0le, we must find out all the facts before making up our minds. We shouldn’t automatically assume that their motives are wrong, even if their plans sound suspicious. (NLT)
Numbers 32:1 – Now the tribes of Reuben and Gad owned vast numbers of livestock. So when they saw that the lands of Jazer and Gilead were ideally suited for their flocks and herds. . .
* Don’t assume someone won’t respond to the Good News
Many would assume that Rahab—a pagan, a Canaanite, and a prostitute—would never be interested in God. Yet Rahab was willing to risk everything she had for a God she barely knew. We must not gauge a person’s interest in God by his or her background, life-style, or appearance. We should let nothing get in the way of our telling people about God. (NLT)
Joshua 2:8-13 – Before the spies went to sleep that night, Rahab went up on the roof to talk with them. “I know the Lord has given you this land,” she told them. “We are all afraid of you. Everyone is living in terror. For we have heard how the Lord made a dry path for you through the Red Sea when you left Egypt. And we know what you did to Sihon and Og, the two Amorite kings east of the Jordan River, whose people you completely destroyed. No wonder our hearts have melted in fear! No one has the courage to fight after hearing such things. For the Lord your God is the supreme God of the heavens above and the earth below. Now swear to me by the Lord that you will be kind to me and my family since I have helped you. Give me some guarantee that when Jericho is conquered, you will let me live, along with my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all their families.”
* Don’t be suspicious in your assumptions
Hanun misread David’s intentions. He was overly suspicious and brought disaster upon himself! Because of past experiences, it is easy to be overly suspicious of others, questioning every move and second-guessing their motives. While we should be cautious and wise as we deal with others, we should not assume their every action is ill-intended. (NLT)
1 Chronicles 19:2-3 – David said, “I am going to show complete loyalty to Hanun because his father, Nahash, was always completely loyal to me.” So David sent ambassadors to express sympathy to Hanun about his father’s death.
But when David’s ambassadors arrived in the land of Ammon, Hanun’s advisers said to him, “Do you really think these men are coming here to honor your father? No! David has sent them to spy out the land so that they can come in and conquer it!”
* Wrong assumptions lead to wrong conclusions
In frustration, Job jumped to the false conclusion that God was out to get him. Wrong assumptions lead to wrong conclusions. We dare not take our limited experiences and jump to conclusions about life in general. If you find yourself doubting God, remember that you don’t have all the facts. God wants only the very best for your life. Many people endure great pain, but ultimately they find some greater good came from it. When you’re struggling, don’t assume the worst. (NLT)
Job 10:13-14 – “‘Yet your real motive—I know this was your intent—was to watch me, and if I sinned, you would not forgive my iniquity. . . .’”
* Assumptions comes from applying a true principle wrongly
Job compared his three friends to doctors who did not know what they were doing. They were like eye surgeons trying to perform open-heart surgery. Many of their ideas about God were true, but they did not apply to Job’s situation. They were right to say that God is just. They were right to say God punished sin. But they were wrong to assume that Job’s suffering was a just punishment for his sin. They took a true principle and applied it wrongly, ignoring the vast differences in human circumstances. We must be careful and compassionate in how we apply biblical condemnations to others; we must be slow to judge. (NLT)
Job 13:4 – For you are smearing me with lies. As doctors, you are worthless quacks.
* Don’t assume your problems don’t have solutions
When Jesus asked Philip where they could buy a great amount of bread, Philip started assessing the probable cost. Jesus wanted to teach hi that financial resources are not the most important ones. We can limit what God does in us by assuming what is and is not possible. Is there some impossible task that you believe God wants you to do? Don’t let your estimate of what can’t be done keep you from taking on the task. God can do the miraculous; trust him to provide the resources. (NLT)
John 6:5-7 – Jesus soon saw a great crowd of people climbing the hill, looking for him. Turning to Philip, he asked, “Philip, where can we buy bread to feed all these people?” He was testing Philip, for he already knew what he was going to do. Philip replied, “It would take a small fortune to feed them!”
* Don’t assume you’ve married the wrong person
Apparently the Corinthians were ready to make wholesale changes without thinking through the ramifications. Paul was writing to say that people should be Christians where they are. You can do God’s work and demonstrate your faith anywhere. If you became a Christian after marriage, and your spouse is not a believer, remember that you don’t have to be married to a Christian to live for Christ. Don’t assume that you are in the wrong place or stuck with the wrong person. You may be just where God wants you. (NLT)
1 Corinthians 7:17 – You must accept whatever situation the Lord has put you in, and continue on as you were when God first call you. This is my rule for all the churches.
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