Faith Is Not Assumption

Don’t assume you know what the future will bring because others have stated what will come, and multitudes have agreed with them. God spiritually speaks biblical prophecy to His servants; as Paul said, “they are spiritually interpreted.” Yet God keeps what will actually happen a secret. Rarely is it what people think it is. For example, Jesus spoke to the people in parables; He declared the future without an exact explanation. Yet men, in their arrogance, thought they had figured it out. 

And Jesus said, “To you, it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest, it is given in parables, that ‘Seeing they may not see, And hearing they may not understand.’” Luke 8:10

Again do not assume you know what God has planned for the future. God keeps His plan a secret so we may follow Him by faith, to trust and obey Him. He does not want us to try to be fortune tellers and figure it out. If we knew what He was planning, we would not be following by faith. So I warn you not to trust the words of religious leaders who assume they know the future because they do not. They don’t even know if today will be their last. No one knows the future except the Lord.

Stop regarding man in whose nostrils is breath, for of what account is he? Isaiah 2:22

To make an assumption is to think God meant one thing without firm confirmation that it was true. But those not following Him by faith jump the gun, run ahead, and get left behind. Instead, they should have waited patiently for the Lord to work things out. Do not be like them. Trust God’s plan will work out according to His Word and follow along by faith, letting Him make things happen.

Are you following God by faith or assumption? Let us look at the word assume for a moment. The definition is; “to pretend to have or be, to take as granted or true, suppose to be the case, without proof.” Is this how God expects His people to follow Him? To assume they understand everything God is doing or follow Him by faith. Let’s look at what the Word of God says.

By faith, Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found because God had taken him. Now before he was taken, he was commended as having pleased God. And without faith, it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him. Hebrews 11:5-6

God gives us the Holy Spirit to guide us along the way, but we are most likely to walk into the unknown. If He desires us to know something, He will reveal it. Otherwise, it is faith that leads us. It is His Word that keeps us in check. Most of the time, God does not want us to know what will happen because, for the believer suffering, trials, and tests are waiting for us. If we knew what was coming, we might veer from the path. So it is a blessing that we do not see the future.

Besides, God has put faith as the central article of proof that displays His servants as genuine followers of Jesus Christ. The one with faith in Jesus trusts God to protect, guide, lead, and arrange their arrival at the preordained place. Therefore, even though they do not know the future, they follow God anyway, not trusting the words of men but trusting God because He is our guide and shepherd.

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it, the people of old received their commendation. By faith, we understand that the universe was created by the word of God so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. Hebrews 11:1-3

Let us also look at “presumption,” a synonym for assume. “It is an idea that is taken to be true and often used as the basis for other ideas, although it is not known for certain.” To assume you know what God will do is to be presumptuous, which is to be in a dangerous position. It is a display of arrogance to walk without faith and is a sin. Listen to how serious God says it is.

“For rebellion is as the sin of divination, and presumption is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, He has also rejected you from being king.” Samuel 15:23

Do not miss the point stated. Assuming you know what God will do is sinful, you must repent before moving forward. Humility is the first step to defeating pride; repentance must accompany it to follow God by faith. If you hold onto the ideas of men to hold you up, to keep you from falling, you are not following God by faith. But you are following religion and idolatry.

True faith is to follow God without external assurances. It has no guardrails given by this world that man may grasp onto with his hands. It is walking upon the waters of belief in God’s promises without visual proof that we won’t sink. It is looking straight forward into the eyes of Jesus and stepping out upon the raging waters of the unknown with a joyful trust He will not allow you to fall—a knowing without seeing, believing without touching, and certainty without proof.

So I challenge you to go from here and do not trust men’s predictions. But to completely follow God by faith into the unknown. Because for God, there is no such thing as unknown because everything is known to an all-knowing God.

If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor. John 12:26

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