Faith Is Not Assumption

Do not assume you know what the future will bring because others have stated what will come and multitudes have agreed with them. Even Biblical prophecy is determined by what God meant when He allowed the parable of future events to be revealed. It is rarely what you think it is. Just as Jesus spoke to the people in parables He declares the future to His prophets in the same way. Yet men have arrogantly figured it out, they say.

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. Trust, obey, and follow Him by faith. Do not trust the words of religious leaders who don’t know when they will die. They don’t even know what will happen tomorrow let alone the future.

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 this is what men do many times, they jump the gun, run ahead, and get left behind. What should have been done is to wait patiently for the Lord to work things out. Trusting His plan will work out according to His Word and follow along by faith, letting Him make things happen.

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 a good thing? I think not.

God gives us guides to follow Him into the future. He is the Holy Spirit and His true messengers. 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. Faith is the most important characteristic of the follower of Jesus Christ. To trust Him to protect, guide, lead, and arrange our arrival at the preordained place. Not knowing really what is ahead but following confidently in Him anyway. Not in what any man has stated, but because of who He is.

But without faith, it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11:6

Besides assuming, let us look at the word presumption, which is a synonym for assuming. 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 is going to do or being presumptuous is to be in a dangerous position. It is a display of self 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 I am stating. To assume you know best is sinful and must be repented of before moving forward. Humility is the first step to defeating pride and 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.

True faith is displayed without outer 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.

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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