Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

Wrong Assumptions

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

20th January 2013

Salvation Army General John Gowans wrote these words of a hymn entitled “His Love Remains The Same”:

Don't assume that God's dismissed you from his mind,
Don't assume that God's forgotten to be kind;
For no matter what you do, his love still follows you;
Don't think that you have left him far behind.

Chorus

For his love remains the same,
He knows you by your name,
Don't think because you failed him he despairs;
For he gives to those who ask
His grace for every task,
God plans for you in love for he still cares.
Don't assume that God will plan for you no more,
Don't assume that there's no future to explore;
For your life he'll re-design, the pattern be divine;
Don't think that your repentance he'll ignore.
Don't assume you cannot give what he'll demand,
Don't assume that God condemns you out of hand;
For he gives to those who ask his grace for every task;
Don't think that God will fail to understand.

 

This hymn deals with the false assumption that if we have done wrong God will condemn us, dismiss us from His mind, and be unconcerned about our future. Guilt because of sin can lead people to the assumption that God will abandon them.

In fact many people don’t become Christians or walk away from their faith because of the wrong assumption that God has rejected them and that they are beyond redemption.

Christians can also make wrong assumptions about people: Surely God would never use that person after what they’ve done. How could a person like that, with their background ever become a Christian? Wrong assumptions can make us give up on people.

Ananias was faced with such wrong assumptions when he was told by the Lord to meet Saul of Tarsus. ‘Surely not Lord, you must have made a mistake, you cannot be thinking of using him, after all…’

‘…I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem. And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name’. (Acts 9:13-14)

Ananias thought that such a person could never become a Christian. And yet we know that God had selected ‘…This man [to be His] chosen instrument to proclaim [His] name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel’. (V.15)

Wrong assumptions can make us devalue and reject people. Are there people you disregard, thinking they could never be brought to God? Don’t assume that anyone is beyond the reach of the gospel.

We must not limit God. He can do anything. He can bring anyone to faith in Jesus no matter who they are or what they have done.

And what about us?

I’m sure there have been times in our life when we have failed God in some way and have feared God's displeasure, even retribution.

In such times remember that in His death Jesus took upon Himself our punishment. We now have the wonderful news that there is a way to be declared not guilty - By trusting Jesus Christ to take away our sins.

Trusting means putting our confidence in Him to forgive our sins, to make us right with God, and to empower us to live the way He taught us. God’s solution is available to all of us regardless of our background or past behaviour.

As Paul said,

‘…there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus’. (Romans 8:1)

So don’t wrongly assume that God doesn’t love you, or will reject you because you have sinned in some way. Rather,

‘Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever’. (Psalm 136:1)

Have a good week, knowing and experiencing that ‘neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord’. (Romans 8:39)

Pastor Barry

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