The (In)Accuracies of Assumptions

29861If you remember my laws and commands and obey them, I will give you rains at the right season; the land will produce crops, and the trees of the field will produce their fruit. Your threshing will continue until the grape harvest, and your grape harvest will continue until it is time to plant. Then you will have plenty to eat and live safely in your land. Leviticus 26:3-5

Consider all the assumptions you draw from these verses.

Sometimes we make assumptions about promises in Scripture that might not be accurate. For example, when God says, “I will give you rains at the right season, the land will produce crops, and the trees of the field will produce their fruit,” we can conclude, “Everything is going to work out.” That’s a true assumption. It’s what God promises. However, our meaning of “everything is going to work out” is likely different than God’s. He sees the big picture and has eternal purposes in mind. We’re usually more short-sighted. When we begin to struggle because we’re going through a drought or otherwise unproductive season, we jump to one of two conclusions: (1) we must not have been obedient when we thought we were or (2) God must not be fulfilling his promise.

The first could possibly be true. The second cannot be true because of God’s character. A third option is most likely creating the confusion: we’ve made a false assumption. After all, God doesn’t say the land will produce crops without interruption or the trees will produce fruit without failure. God will provide and everything will work out as we’re obedient to him, but not without struggles. Perhaps the most important phrase in this verse is “at the right season.” And guess what? The right season isn’t what we get to decide the right season is. The definition of right belongs to God. God is omniscient (all-knowing) and omnipotent (all-powerful). Combine that with his omnipresence (present everywhere), and God is in the perfect and only position to determine value judgments such as right, wrong, fair, complete and true.

When you consider the character of God, what comes to mind? Consider each area of thoughts, doubts, beliefs and questions.

God’s omniscience (all-knowing).

God’s omnipotence (all-powerful).

God’s omnipresence (presence everywhere).

Now let’s look at several Scriptures. Consider what each reveals about God’s character.

Our Lord is great and very powerful. There is no limit to what he knows. Psalm 147:5

If I go up to the heavens, you are there. If I lie down in the grave, you are there. Psalm 139:8

The Lord’s eyes see everything; he watches both evil and good people. Proverbs 15:3

Oh, Lord God, you made the skies and the earth with your very great power. There is nothing too hard for you to do. Jeremiah 32:17

“I am a God who is near,” says the Lord. “I am also a God who is far away. No one can hide where I cannot see him,” says the Lord. “I fill all of heaven and earth,” says the Lord. Jeremiah 23:23-24

Yes, God’s riches are very great, and his wisdom and knowledge have no end! No one can explain the things God decides or understand his ways. Romans 11:33

God can do anything! Luke 1:37

But, God, can you really live here on the earth? The sky and the highest place in heaven cannot contain you. Surely this house which I have built cannot contain you. 1 Kings 8:27

Who has known the mind of the Lord or been able to give him advice? Whom did he ask for help? Who taught him the right way? Who taught him knowledge and showed him the way to understanding? Isaiah 40:13-14

He was given authority, glory, and the strength of a king. People of every tribe, nation, and language will serve him. His rule will last forever, and his kingdom will never be destroyed. Daniel 7:14

When has the timing of life not been what you would have preferred or chosen?

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