Updated: Oct 25, 2022
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When I saw this picture, I hurried to guess, to speculate, to conclude, it was from Portugal, a beach in the Algarve.
Upon reflecting on my life, I clearly see a pattern of rushing to conclusions, rushing to assume what needs to be done, or what road to take, or what decisions to make. Most of my decisions were always based on my skills, capacities or on what I have witness others do. Someone once told me, that knowledge is a curse. We can easily lose sight of the child like faith, or rely on expertise's acquired on colleges or universities. I trust my accomplishments, my ability to figure things out on my own.
When I presume or pass a judgement on someone or something, I deny the possibility that I may be wrong. Just like the picture above, may or may not be the Algarve, so is with life and our daily decisions and thinking patterns.
Today, in two different passages of the bible, I noticed the word presumptuously. In Nehemiah 9:16 “but they and our ancestors acted presumptuously and stiffened their necks and did not obey” and on verse 29 “and you warned them in order to turn them back to your law. Yet, they acted presumptuously”.
I decided to study what the word presumptuously really meant. I confess, not a day goes by, I don’t presume something, pass a judgement or imagine an outcome to an event.
In Jeremiah 29:12 “Then when you call upon on me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. When you search for me you will find me”. In Matthew 21:13 “It is written, my house shall be called a house of prayer.”
United States has been home for a very long time, this country is experiencing difficult times, the world has issues, economy crisis and more. Instead of acting presumptuously like I know I can, I could seek the Lord’s face, and pray, because, He promises that if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray, I will hear. Have you prayed today?