A secretary at an international airport had an office adjacent to where security temporarily holds terrorist suspects. One day security officers were questioning a man when they were suddenly called away on another emergency. To the horror of the secretary and her colleagues, the suspect was left alone in the unlocked room. After a few minutes, the door opened, and he began to walk out. Summoning up her courage, the secretary barked, “Get back in there, and don’t come out until you’re told!”
The man scuttled back inside and slammed the door. When the security people returned, the woman reported what had happened. Without a word, an officer walked into the room and released one very frightened telephone repairman.
We all sometimes have false assumptions about situations that can lead us to say or do the wrong thing. We can even do this in the church. It is easy for people who have been believers for many years to forget what it is to be a new Christian. When someone comes into the church who has habits that they don’t agree with, they puff themselves up and sometimes start rumors about that person.
Dear friend, resist the urge to do this. Remember you didn’t learn everything about the spiritual life in one day. It took time for you and it will take time for others. Put a hold on your assumption. Most of the time, you will find it is false.
Be careful for nothing; prayerful for everything; thankful for anything. – Dwight L. Moody
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder