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Don’t Make Assumptions

February 27, 2013

He was an unusual person, Balaam son of Beor. He was a Gentile but was also a prophet of the God of Israel. Fearing invasion by the Israelites, who were conquering many nations, Balak king of Moab traveled to Pethor and tried to enlist Balaam to curse Israel. Balaam at first refused, but was finally allowed by God to go. Standing on top of a mountain overlooking the Israelite camp, Balaam tried to curse God’s people, but God changed his words to a blessing. Our text is at the end of Balaam’s first attempt to curse Israel. He says,  “Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his”. Numbers 23:10b (ASV)

This is a commendable request: but Balaam may have made an unwarranted assumption.  Many others do. Read carefully and understand. If you want to die the death of the righteous, you must first live the life of the righteous!

Many assume that heaven is a sure thing, and everyone  (except the very worst) will have a blessed home there when life is over. Not So! This assumption means that most people are unconcerned with the offenses they commit against God. But God’s book says otherwise. Paul says forthrightly, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. (Romans 3:23) Furthermore, there will be a judgment, and you will be there. “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.”  II Corinthians 5:10 Believe what you will is not an option.

Here in Texas we have a saying, “Don’t get the cart before the horse”. That means don’t get things in the wrong order. But, we humans have a bad habit of doing just that. Our thinking is usually skewed by what we want to do rather than what God wants us to do. We are self-willed rather than obedient to God. “Submit yourselves therefore to God.”  (James 4:7a) Don’t assume you can plot your own way to heaven. Find out exactly what He wants you to do, and do that. How? Read the Bible.

Making assumptions will undoubtedly lead you to the wrong final destiny. It is our actions that reveal what we believe, what we are. Most persons  assume that heaven will be their final destiny. They act like Hell on earth and expect to waltz Scott free into heaven. Don’t risk the final state of your soul by believing that you can be eternally blessed without  obeying God. Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord.’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven”. Matthew 7:21

Remember this, “God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.” Galatians 6:6:7-b (ESV)


One Comment
  1. As good a sermon preached in few words as I ever heard!
    Preach ON!!

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