Many place you may find assume and presume used interchangeably since the dictionary has them listed as synonyms. And you know what they say about assume…
One difference we can see if the prefix of the words:
- As which means toward
- Thought or opinion that is held without reason
- Pre which means prior to
- Belief or opinion that is held without the requirement of proof
Now let’s look up these words in the dictionary to see what we find
Dictionary: (pulled using the search “define <WORD>” in Bing where <WORD> is
- suppose something: to accept that something is true without checking or confirming it
- take responsibility for something: to start being responsible for something
- adopt something: to adopt or take on a quality
- believe something to be true: to accept that something is almost certain to be correct even though there is no proof of it, on the grounds that it is extremely likely
- seem to prove something: to indicate the existence or truth of something
- behave arrogantly or overconfidently: to behave so inconsiderately, disrespectfully, or overconfidently as to do something without being entitled or qualified to do it
Faith we will show not only the dictionary definition, but also the Biblical one from Hebrews 11:1 with different translations
- belief or trust: belief in, devotion to, or trust in somebody or something, especially without logical proof
- religion or religious group: a system of religious belief, or the group of people who adhere to it
- trust in God: belief in and devotion to God
Bible: (Hebrews 11)
- 1Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (KJV)
- 1NOW FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses]. (AMP)
- 1Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. (NLT)
- 1-2The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd. (MSG)
In today’s devotional we read about the danger and the outcome when David presumed how they could bring the arc back (Presumption Versus Faith)
“The Lord’s anger burned against Uzzah, and He struck him down because he had put his hand on the ark. So he died there before God.” 1 Chronicles 13:10
Os Hillman puts it this way:
“A life of faith often requires us to leave God’s work alone. Responding to a need out of a desire to help move a vision along can be the greatest challenge for a Christian entrepreneur. There is a fine line between presumption and faith.
Uzzah learned that presumption could cost him his life. He was part of the crew that was to move the ark with the help of a team of oxen. When the way became rough, Uzzah responded in a natural way. He grabbed the ark to steady it. When he did, he was immediately struck down. God said it was forbidden to touch the ark. King David mourned the death of his servant and argued with God about this loss. Walking with God in the workplace requires sensitivity to balancing our God-given talents and operating in the power of the Holy Spirit in and through our work life. A mentor once told me, “You almost have to hold back your natural gifting to ensure that God is the one who is guiding you. If not, you will not know if it is through your skill versus His hand that you are accomplishing the work.” I find this the most challenging aspect of a walk with God in the workplace.
You can only grow in your understanding of this balance by being accountable to others in the process. By having other committed Christians walking close to you, they become the safety net to keep you from presumption and the deceit of the heart. God also gives godly spouses to help many in this area.”
As we walk through life, we will face many challenges, trials, tests, troubles and when we put our trust in God, we find that we can make it because in this world we will face trials, but Jesus tells us that we don’t need to worry because He overcame the world. So let’s walk in faith believing and trusting God. Let’s not presume or assume, but walk with God, talk with God, and hear from God so that we can be an accomplish everything that God desires for us to be.
So let’s take a hold of what Matthew 6 speaks to us: Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
Matthew 6:25-26 (AMP)
And as we read in 365 Fear Nots verse of the day today: “God is able to provide for all our needs and guard against evil. If we choose to trust in Him instead of worrying about things of the world it is better for our souls.”
- God’s Word: Bible.com
- TGIF – Today God Is First – Presumption Versus Faith by Os Hillman – 1 Chronicles 13:10
- Fearful to Fearless – 365 Fear Nots – Verse of the Day – Matthew 6:25-26
- Presume vs Assume – http://www.differencebetween.net/language/difference-between-assume-and-presume/
- Eat this Book: One Year Bible with Daily Psalm
- Definitions – Bing answers
I thank You Lord for this new day and for all that will be in it. I thanks You Lord for the incredible blessings of Your Word and my family. May today be filled with Your presence and may every thought, word, and action bring You praise, honor, and glory I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.