The big mistake – “Don’t assume that you know it all.” (Proverbs 3:7)
We all make mistakes, but one of the largest ones we make is the one that can damage the reputation of someone, as well as our own reputation. It is a mistake that can cost a friendship and even a close relationship with our family. It is a mistake that, at times we can never recover from. That mistake is assumption. Assuming things without waiting for facts does irreparable damage to many.
We are prone to assume something about someone because of where they live, the way they dress, the color of their skin, or their level of education. We assume something about a person because of the way they look at us. We assume something is a lie because we don’t want to believe it. Or we assume something is true without researching to see if it really is. Oh, what a web of deceit we place ourselves in at times.
Assuming is an act that removes God from facts. When the ten spies checked out the Promised Land, eight of them “assumed” the Hebrews could not possess it. When Job’s problems began to rain down on him, his friends “assumed” he was suffering because of some sort of sin in his life. When Jesus was preaching to a throng of five thousand, his disciples “assumed” he should send the people away so they could go home and eat something, because they had nothing to feed so many people. When Jesus was casting out demons, the Pharisees “assumed” he was doing it with power from the prince of demons. Even when Jesus foretold the disciples about his death on the cross, Peter “assumed” that was a terrible thing and rebuked Christ for saying it. And when Christ was crucified, the disciples went into a funk because they “assumed” his life was over. (Boy were they in for a big surprise!)
So the next time you are tempted to assume the worse about someone; or that your opinion won’t be valued; or things will never change; or you can’t start over - stop the assuming and bring God into your equation. Everything is possible with God. Nothing is guaranteed when we merely assume.