Wednesday, February 29, 2012

"Calling Or Assuming?"

"Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not." Jeremiah 33:3

What a wonderful promise-- "Call on me and I will answer you". When you call, the Lord answers. The questions is-- are you calling? Are you seeking the Lord? Are you praying to Him for guidance? Are you asking Him to reveal to you what you don't know? Often we don't call, we assume. We assume we know what God's will is. We assume that we know what He wants us to do. We assume that we are going in the direction He has planned for us to go.

We are guilty of doing the same things the Israelites did when they were in battle against the Philistines. "And when the people were come into the camp, the elders of Israel said, Wherefore hath the Lord smitten us to day before the Philistines? Let us fetch the ark of the covenant of the Lord out of Shiloh unto us, that, when it cometh among us, it may save us out of the hand of our enemies." (1 Samuel 4:3)

They did not seek the Lord about the battle. They did not enquire of Him about what they should do. They did not acknowledge Him concerning strategies or the outcome. They assumed that if they took the Ark of the Covenant into battle (the represented presence of God) that it would go well for them and they would automatically win. Of course, we know this was not the case. They were defeated, the priests were killed and the ark was captured by the Philistines.

You cannot assume that just because God answered a certain way before that He will answer the same way again. You cannot assume that just because it was His will to do it in one situation that it will be His will in this one. You cannot assume that because He moved one way in the past He will move that same way now. You cannot assume that you know what He wants you to do in this situation if you have not called upon Him. Our beloved Jesus never assumed. He sought the Father about each situation He faced. He knew exactly what to do because He heard from the Father for each one. If Jesus had to call upon the Father for direction and to know His will in every situation, what makes us think that we don't need to?

Have a great day. There is a difference between asking God for the answer and assuming you know what His answer is.
For further reading:
John 5:19,30
James 4:2
Proverbs 3:5,6

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