Faith vs Presumption & A Give-Away!
This month also marks the 1st Year Anniversary of Grace & Grit. To celebrate, I want to give away a book by Max Lucado, one of my favorite authors. His book, In the Grip of Grace goes hand in hand with our topic of Faith vs Presumption and it also talks about what is so very dear to my heart, God’s unmerited GRACE!. To enter for a chance to win a hard copy of this book, just leave a comment sharing about something that increased your faith. For extra entries, tweet or share about this give away on FB and let me know you did that. This offer ends Wednesday, May 23.
1. Confident belief in the truth, value, or trustworthiness of a person, idea, or thing.
2. Belief that does not rest on logical proof or material evidence.
Synonyms for faith: assurance, certitude, conviction, certainty, creed, dogma
Antonyms for faith: disbelief, doubt, uncertainty
What the Bible says about Faith:
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and thatHe is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
2 Corinthians 5:7 For we walk by faith not by sight.
Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.
Galatians 2:16 nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified.
Examples from the Bible:
Noah: Faith that God would send a flood and save his family
Abraham:Faith to trust God when asked to sacrifice Isaac
Moses: Faith to go to Pharoah and warn him to let the Israelites go, Faith to carry them through the Red Sea and the Wilderness.
Joseph: Faith that God was with him and that he should do the right thing in the midst of Egyptian slavery and in jail
Daniel: faith to trust God even when thrown into a den of lions
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: Faith to trust God when put into a fiery pit.
The Apostles/Disciples: Faith to spread the Gospel even if it cost them a martyr’s death
The Example of Jesus to Us:
Matthew 17:20 And He said to them, “Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.
Mark 4:40 And He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
Mark 11:22 And Jesus answered saying to them, “Have faith in God.
Luke 22:32 but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brother
Personal Thoughts and Application:
As a physical therapist, I encountered a pitiful patient who would not cooperate with his Rehab program and also did not recover well from his stroke. Why? because he believed that God would heal him without him having to do anything toward his own recovery. To me, this is a good example of the difference between faith and presumption. Although I believe that God can and will heal completely and miraculously, I think that a lot of the time, God expects us to be proactive in our own recovery ie cooperating with doctor’s, taking needed medications, exercising, eating healthy, etc. I think it is very presumptive to assume what path God chooses for your healing or to even presume that God must heal you when that may be outside of His divine purpose or His will for your life. Pray certainly, and hope certainly but faith is trusting that God knows best and has a plan even if the healing does not come, or does not come on the terms we would like. Job did not let his circumstances change His view of God….that is faith! (Job 13:15 Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him.)
By contrast, I also think it is presumptive to rely on your own human strength, talents, and human abilities to be righteous. Faith is relying on God and God alone for salvation and righteousness because He alone is righteous.
Presumption, on the other hand, is a reliance on human moral abilities and religious accomplishments, on visible securities. It ultimately relies on human will power to serve God and people… a mix of presumption and faith produces a personal instability that surfaces in crises and major life transitions.” — Rose Marie Miller, from fear to freedom