October 19, Assumptions
Today’s reading: Psalms 91-95
“They say, ‘The Lord does not see;
the God of Jacob takes no notice’” - Psalm 94:7.
When God is silent, people come to one of two conclusions or assumptions, both of which are erroneous and potentially dangerous. The first is that He doesn’t see what’s going on, which is ludicrous. The other is that He agrees with what’s going on, which may or may not be true. The Lord Himself addressed the second conclusion in Psalm 50:21: “When you did these things and I kept silent, you thought I was exactly like you. But I now arraign you and set my accusations before you.” The first conclusion is addressed by Paul: “Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?” (Romans 2:4). Have you been misinterpreting God’s silence? Do you mistake His hesitancy to judge your attitude or behavior for His approval of who you are or what you do? Do you assume that God thinks like you and has the same “opinions”? Ask the Lord to point out to you where you may be reaching one of these wrong conclusions and then make the necessary course corrections.