Pastor Brad Graves
Written by Brad Graves, Senior Pastor
Do you presume upon God?
It sounds almost sacrilegious to ask that, but if you are a healthy Christ follower then you do...at least you should.
By presuming upon God I mean…do you presume that God will do what He says He will do?
When you are sick and pray for healing - do you presume God will heal you? Why would you bother to pray if you do not believe He will?
When you prayed for salvation - did you presume God would save you? Why would you not?
In scripture there are countless examples of God’s children presuming upon Him. Nehemiah was one who did, and it became a source of courage and strength for him.
Nehemiah 1:8-11 CSB
8 Please remember what you commanded your servant Moses: “If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the peoples.
9 But if you return to me and carefully observe my commands, even though your exiles were banished to the farthest horizon, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place where I chose to have my name dwell.”
10 They are your servants and your people. You redeemed them by your great power and strong hand.
11 Please, Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of your servant and to that of your servants who delight to revere your name. Give your servant success today, and grant him compassion in the presence of this man. At the time, I was the king’s cupbearer.
Notice the three areas he presumed upon God:
If it was safe for Nehemiah to presume that God would keep His promises, be faithful to His people, and hear his prayer; then I believe we are safe to presume the same things upon God.
Find strength and courage today in presuming that the God who saved you is still saving you. Find hope that He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete.
Brad Graves is the Senior Pastor at Ada First Baptist Church.