FIRST Check With The Lord
I can*t tell you how many times I have rushed into something without praying about it and stubbed my toe. There is no direct commandment that says Thou shalt not be presumptuous but being presumptuous is sin.
Deuteronomy 1:43: So I spake unto you; and ye would not hear, but rebelled against the commandment of the LORD, and went presumptuously up into the hill.
2 Peter 2:10: But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.
Presumption is refusing to listen to the Lord and is the first step of rebellion. Not asking the Lord is certainly a way not to listen. Not asking the Lord is already sin. It is connected to the sins of the flesh including lust and self will. David prayed a very wise prayer that we should all echo:
Psalms 19:13: Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.
David knew that he was presumptuous and we should all know that we are too. The Lord often answered that prayer of David and led him to seek God*s guidance when it would have been easy for him to be presumptuous. The Lord overruled David*s presumptuousness countless times when he didn*t even remember to ask. David counted on that.
1 Samuel 23:10-11: Then said David, O LORD God of Israel, thy servant hath certainly heard that Saul seeketh to come to Keilah, to destroy the city for my sake? Will the men of Keilah deliver me up into his hand? will Saul come down, as thy servant hath heard? O LORD God of Israel, I beseech thee, tell thy servant. And the LORD said, He will come down.
1 Samuel 30:8: And David enquired at the LORD, saying, Shall I pursue after this troop? shall I overtake them? And he answered him, Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all.
2 Samuel 2:1: And it came to pass after this, that David enquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah? And the LORD said unto him, Go up. And David said, Whither shall I go up? And he said, Unto Hebron.
2 Samuel 5:19: And David enquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go up to the Philistines? wilt thou deliver them into mine hand? And the LORD said unto David, Go up: for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines into thine hand.
David relied on this promise of God:
Psalms 32:8: I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.
We have all noticed that a parent can sometimes guide his child with a wordless look. It happens when an obedient child looks to the parent for guidance.
A woman once asked her Pastor (it may have been Dr. J. Vernon McGee): Should I ask the Lord even about the little things in my life? The wise pastor answered: Madam, can you think of anything in your life that is big to God? Whether things look big or small to us is irrelevant. The issue is faith in God.
Joshua 9:14: And the men took of their victuals, and asked not counsel at the mouth of the LORD.
Accepting some food from strangers does not seem like a big deal but it was presumptuous and caused problems later. The strangers turned out to be deceivers.
Numbers 27:21: And he shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall ask counsel for him after the judgment of Urim before the LORD: at his word shall they go out, and at his word they shall come in, both he, and all the children of Israel with him, even all the congregation.
Going out and coming in does not seem like a big deal either but it involved the going out and coming in of Joshua and of EVERY Israelite. That*s a lot of going out and coming in for the Lord to be interested in. It means He is interested in EVERYTHING. Leaving the Lord out of small things will lead to leaving Him out of big things. Including Him in small things will lead to including Him in big things. Leaving Him out becomes a habit. Including Him becomes a habit.
If we are not seeking advice from the Lord we will be seeking it somewhere else or not seeking it at all. We may depend upon our own mind or on others. The people of Israel rebelled, sought advice from somewhere other than God, tried to get a cover for their sin from a source other than God and depended upon the strength of Pharaoh and Egypt instead of the Lord. God called it rebellion.
Isaiah 30:1-2: Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin: That walk to go down into Egypt, and have not asked at my mouth; to strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, and to trust in the shadow of Egypt!
There are probably thousands of times that we sin and don*t even know it. Thank God for His grace and forgiveness!!!!
Luke 23:34a: Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.
Numbers 15:25-29: And the priest shall make an atonement for all the congregation of the children of Israel, and it shall be forgiven them; for it is ignorance: and they shall bring their offering, a sacrifice made by fire unto the LORD, and their sin offering before the LORD, for their ignorance: And it shall be forgiven all the congregation of the children of Israel, and the stranger that sojourneth among them; seeing all the people were in ignorance. And if any soul sin through ignorance, then he shall bring a she goat of the first year for a sin offering. And the priest shall make an atonement for the soul that sinneth ignorantly, when he sinneth by ignorance before the LORD, to make an atonement for him; and it shall be forgiven him. Ye shall have one law for him that sinneth through ignorance, both for him that is born among the children of Israel, and for the stranger that sojourneth among them.
Numbers 30-31: But the soul that doeth ought presumptuously, whether he be born in the land, or a stranger, the same reproacheth the LORD; and that soul shall be cut off from among his people. Because he hath despised the word of the LORD, and hath broken his commandment, that soul shall utterly be cut off; his iniquity shall be upon him.
Ought presumptuously means anything big or small. Beware of presumptuousness!!!
Care to discuss FIRST Check With The Lord with Ron?