During a stay at an expensive hotel in New York City, a man woke up in the middle of the night with an upset stomach. He called room service and ordered some soda crackers.
Later, when the man looked at the charge slip, he was furious. He called room service and raged, “I know I’m in a luxury hotel, but $11.50 for six crackers is ridiculous!”
“The crackers are complimentary,” the voice at the other end coolly explained. “I believe you are complaining about your room number.” *
The man’s assumption was absurd, and refuted.
Christians often make assumptions that are just as silly, and the Word of God refutes them.
Here are just four examples:
(1) The news or my friends will tell me all I need to know about life.
God’s Word tells us people are destroyed for lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6). Wise counselors can help us, but we need to be careful not to walk in the “counsel of the ungodly” (Psalm 1:1).
It’s always wise to compare what’s going on in your world (and the world) with the wisdom of scripture.
(2) If I’m godly enough, I won’t have any struggles.
A study of the life of Job should be enough to refute that.
But Jesus said we would have trials in this world (John 16:33). Our struggles are meant to develop character and make us more like Jesus (Romans 5:3-5), and to draw us closer to God, our only true hope and security (Psalm 62:5; John 10:28-29; Philippians 1:6).
(3) If I know and love the Lord, I won’t need people.
God didn’t create us to live outside a community.
People are God’s gift to us, to encourage us and help us grow, to bring comfort, to add wisdom, and to help us heal. He means for us to “bear one another’s burdens….” (Galatians 6:2).
Think about it. If we were meant to live a solitary existence, why did He give us all the “one another” scriptures?
(4) If I just make all the right choices, I’ll be a strong Christian.
But God has been teaching me this important distinction: making choices is more than mere human will power. Will power can fall short because we are totally human. Instead, we need to surrender our whole self–mind, heart, will–to the Lord. We must have His power in our lives.
Sometimes, in ourselves, we just don’t want to do right. We have other loves or idols that keep us from making godly choices (Romans 7:22-24; Galatians 5:17)
Making right choices is the result of growth in Christ—not the other way around (Galatians 3:3).
There are many other assumptions we make that are based on lies the enemy of our soul feeds us daily. And if we keep on believing them, we may experience great regret.
That’s why it’s crucial to study the Word of God.
Know and apply scripture so you won’t be embarrassed with silly assumptions.
Some questions to contemplate:
- Do I know what I believe?
- Where am I getting my information about life?
- Do my assumptions square with and hold up under the scrutiny of scripture?
- Have I redefined God’s Word to fit in with my assumptions or preconceived notions?
Paul gave instruction to Timothy that would be good advice for all of us:
“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15, NKJV).
Have you ever made an assumption and later found out it was false? How can the Word of God help that not to happen again?
– *Humor: Cybersalt Digest, Issue #3945, 4-6-13; Graphic of crackers, courtesy of xandert, Morguefile