THE FOLLY OF ASSUMPTION
Updated: Sep 1, 2018
(Acts 7:25) For he supposed that his brethren would have understood that God would deliver them by his hand, but they did not understand.
Sometimes we get a hunch about something that proves correct. That usually makes us feel good about our instincts and intuition. But we must admit that there have been times we were off our game and our perception was incorrect. This keeps us humble and brings us back to the Lord, because we never want to inaccurately think something about somebody. And we never want to be led in a direction that will get us lost in life. Let’s talk about the folly of assumption.
Moses was trained in the royal courts of Egypt. At forty years of age he saw an Egyptian mistreating an Israelite, so he killed the Egyptian. The reason was because he assumed that his brothers understood that God would deliver them from the oppression of Egypt by his hand. But the problem was they did not understand. The next day he saw two of his brothers fighting each other and tried to stop it, but they despised his authority and pushed him away. Moses then fled and became a dweller in the land of Midian where he married and had two sons.
Moses fell into the folly of assumption and it backfired on him. But God in His mercy called him forty years later at the burning bush to deliver his oppressed people. (Exo 2-3; Acts 7:17-36) He learned his lesson to wait on God for His prompting and not to make assumptions about God’s will. He became the great deliverer of Israel and God’s lawgiver. He became faithful in all aspects of service (Heb 3:5) and led Israel for forty years after God called him.
I can’t tell you how many times I have assumed things about how God was going to work. I have been so excited about God using me that I just thought it was going to happen a certain way and then acted on that. Wow, did I get caught in a thick jungle! I felt out of God’s perfect will and then repented. I asked God to have mercy and lead me back into that perfect peace (Col 3:15) and place that I had forfeited by my strong-headed and independent ways.
So many times when people assumed something in the Bible, it was wrong: (Mat 20:10) But when the first came, they SUPPOSED that they would receive more; and they likewise received each a denarius . . . (Mark 6:49) And when they saw Him walking on the sea, they SUPPOSED it was a ghost, and cried out; (Acts 21:29) (For they had previously seen Trophimus the Ephesian with him in the city, whom they SUPPOSED that Paul had brought into the temple.)
Let’s wait for God to call us before we step out. This way we won’t have to be put back in line!
(Rev 17:14) These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.”
(1 Thes 5:24) He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.