A weird adjective but with a strong meaning. — “full of… characterized by… or showing presumption or readiness to presume in conduct or thought, as by saying or doing something without right or permission.”
No one is immune to this. We all want to be recognized. We all want to have notoriety, so we cattle spend so much time living in pride and arrogance thinking…presuming… we were “called“, then we form arguments to justify our actions or words. More often than not, that justification is based on our own selfishness.
We want, but we don’t have…so we take by force to possess because we believe strongly that we deserve. However, that “deserving” belief is one that leads to contempt and strife because the one who was truly deserving is now without and the one who now possesses is filled with unexplained regret.
Moreover, to minimize the feeling of regret the one who now possesses justifies their actions by declaring they are deserving; but in declaring their deserving spirit hasn’t the one who now possesses become a judge over those who no longer possess?
This pride and arrogance…at it’s core is greed, hostility, contempt for others. It is selfishness.
So bold. So confident in our own beliefs. Thinking we are highly esteemed. Overstepping boundaries. Speaking out when you weren’t given permission. You’ve been warned that such attitudes have been condemned…
If a man acts presumptuously toward his neighbor, so as to kill him craftily, you are to take him even from My altar, that he may die.” – Exodus 21:14
The man who acts presumptuously by not listening to the priest who stands there to serve the Lord your God, nor to the judge, that man shall die; thus you shall purge the evil from Israel.” – Deut 17:12
But the prophet who speaks a word presumptuously in My name which I have not commanded him to speak, or which he speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die.” – Deut 18:20
How many have presumed their actions of harm towards another were justified? Or that their words are meant to be spoken because they had a “feeling of being “called” to speak or write a book“? How many have acted boldly or spoke with liberty that was not theirs to possess? Who took the reigns of a runaway cart where the horse was left behind?
Do they not possess a behavior that is perceived as arrogant, disrespectful, and transgressing the limits of what is permitted or appropriate by a Holy and Righteous God, yet they continue each day paying no regard to the truth. Living a presumptuous life of decay and immorality.
Disobeying willfully, and out of arrogance and pride they justify their disobedience with no regard to the fatality of their words and actions towards their own soul.
If only we all would pray as David… “Also keep back Your servant from presumptuous sins; Let them not rule over me. Then I will be blameless, and I shall be acquitted of great transgression.”
Oh to be acquitted of great transgression and to live a blameless life!! What joys would be experienced. What love would be shared among all humanity. What anxiety, fears and regrets would be abolished!! What thanks humans would have from the cleansing of their conscience!! What humility would come from the renewing of the minds and heart!!
May the God of Heaven and Earth, the Father of our Lord Jesus protect each of you today from presumptuous sins.