Periods of Presumption
Romans 2:1-4 Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?”
Each of us experience seasons in our spiritual lives. There are seasons of spiritual fervor and spiritual plateaus. I’ve come to find that when I am experiencing a spiritual plateau, I am presumptuous towards the riches of God’s grace. God’s kindness is meant to lead us to repentance. This is a soul shattering reality if we truly grasp its meaning.
As we become content in our relationship with God, the faults of others are easily identifiable. Our own faults seem to escape our purview; however, such indifference will not escape the judgment of God. The beauty is that we never escape the kindness of God. This inescapable kindness must be our constant call to repentance. How can we grow cold and complacent in light of the “reckless raging fury that they call the love of God”? (Rich Mullins)
What season are you in currently? When was the last time you were moved by God’s kindness? Moved to tears? Moved to tremble? Moved to repentance? If you are experiencing a period of presumption, then ponder the grace of God. Such contemplation will transform presumption into redemption.