Assuming the Worst
Daily Bible Reading – Joshua 21,22; Psalm 47; 1 Corinthians 10
Today’s Key Passage – Joshua 22:10-34
Is the glass half full or half empty? Do you look for the best in people or the worst? Do you imagine the best-case scenario, or the worst-case scenario? Do you assume the best, or do you assume the worst? In life, there are two types of people: optimists and pessimists. When optimists look at a situation, they always assume the best. When pessimists look at a situation, they always assume the worst. In today’s key passage, we see two examples of assuming the worst.
Before entering the Promised Land, the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh were all given land on the East side of the Jordan River. Upon giving these two and a half tribes of Israel their land early, they had to promise to help the rest of Israel take over the promised land on the West side of the Jordan, which they did. After all of the fighting was over on the West side of the Jordan, these two and a half tribes went back to their land on the East side. On their way back, they decided to build for themselves an altar near the Jordan. When the other tribes of Israel heard about this, they immediately assumed the worst. They assumed that the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh had decided to turn away from God, so they assembled an army to go to war against their brothers. When they met up with the two and a half tribes, before going to war with them they asked them why they would turn from the Lord in this way. At that point, Reuben, Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh explained their actions. They explained that they did not build the altar to offer sacrifices. They insisted that they instead built the altar as a monument of their solidarity with the tribes on the Western sided of the Jordan. They were worried that in generations to come, future Israelites on the West side of the Jordan would not recognize the tribes on the East side of the Jordan as brothers. They assumed the worst-case scenario for the future, and based on that they tried to take action now to prevent that worst case from happening.
Like the tribes of Israel, we can all choose to life our lives assuming the best or assuming the worst. We can worry, fret, and imagine all of the worst possible things that could happen, or we can have faith, trust in God, and imagine the best possible things that could happen. It is important to remember that when we assume the worst, we are living in the flesh. When we assume the worst, we are questioning God’s goodness and we are questioning whether He will take care of us. When we assume the best, on the other hand, we are living in the spirit. We are putting all of our faith and trust in God to do what He has said he will do, and to be who He said He is. We can spend our lives always assuming the worst and having a negative outlook, but what will that bring us other than worry, strife, and misery? God is looking for us to step out in faith. He is looking for us to trust Him. He is looking for us to assume the best.
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