TAKE A PAUSE FIRST
Acts 16:27 And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled.
One thing about assumptions is that they trigger actions that are founded on premises not yet validated. Also often, the actions that follow assumptions are harsh words or swift actions that leave significant consequences – even causing irreparable damage to relationships and irreversible outcomes. In today’s text, the jailer was about to end his own life.
Sometimes, the things our senses perceive like in the jailers situation: ‘a violent earthquake, broken chains and prison doors wide open; appear to tell us that ‘what we fear most has happened’. In that instance, we are blinded to everything else. This jailer heard Paul shout the words ‘we are all here’, and that was what saved his life.
However, we might not always get such opportunities. So when we are driven to swift action on the basis of our emotion or the immediate information reaching our senses, let us take a deep breath and pause before taking action. Because actions based on assumptions can lead to great catastrophes.