Every Friday I join a community of bloggers for Five Minute Friday. One word prompt, five minutes. Unedited. The prompt this week is …Â Assume.
Assume can be defined as taking something as true or factual without any proof.
We do it all the time in assuming the information given to us in an advertisement is true. We can be sorely disappointed when our expectations are not met.
Assumptions can lead us to make wrong and unwise decisions. We need to weigh all the facts, looking from all perspectives, and returning to what we know to be true before moving forward.
Even in choosing a Bible version to read, one cannot assume all are the same or all are holding to the original truth intended. Word changes and phrases can misguide or make a shift in the meaning, albeit subtle.
We must take that which we hear and read and ask, “How does this align with God’s Word?” and “What does Scripture say about this issue or subject?”
“Discernment is not a matter of simply telling the difference between right and wrong; rather it is telling the difference between right and almost right.” (Charles H. Spurgeon)
Paul in writing to young Timothy brings advice for us all – remember from whom you have been taught, and what was taught:
“For I am mindful of the sincere faith within you, which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am sure that it is in you as well.” (2 Timothy 1:5, NASB)
“You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” (2 Timothy 3:14-15, NASB)
In his first epistle, John also brings this wisdom:
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” (1 John 4:1, NASB)
Read God’s Word every day.
Study His Word faithfully,
for His truth will stand.