Sometimes we need to stop and consider things of interest, especially things that pertain to God. Let’s take a few minutes to consider some things revealed to us by God’s Word.
Consider the Wondrous Works of God
“Hearken unto this, O Job: stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God” (Job 37:14).
How one could ever deny the reality of God’s existence is beyond me. As Paul once said, “…the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made” (Romans 1:20). Consider the great mountains and the wondrous rivers of the world. Consider the stars that dwell above, the majestic sun and the romantic moon. No wonder David said, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork” (Psalms 19:1). Consider the millions of different animals that roam from one place to the other. Most importantly, consider man. Man is the crowning point of all of God’s creation. David once said, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made…” (Psalms 139:14). The more man considers the human body, the more he realizes that it is the product of divine planning. Surely, we should stop from time to time and consider the wondrous works of God.
Consider the Lilies of the Field
“And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these” (Matthew 6:28, 29).
Again, man is God’s greatest creation. With that in mind, do not the lilies of the field teach us that God will provide for our needs. If he takes care of the fowls of the air and the lilies of the field, surely, He will take care of us if we seek Him first in our lives (Matthew 6:33). It is wonderful to know that God is our provider, and the fact that He will take care of us is something about which we should never doubt. If we do it is because we have a lack of faith (Matthew 6:30), and if we have a lack of faith, we should take time to consider the lilies of the field.
Consider Jesus our Savior
“For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin” (Hebrew 12:3, 4).
It is easy to feel sorry for ourselves when things go badly. It is easy to overestimate the amount of suffering we endure for Christ. To avoid these things we should stop and reflect upon all that Christ had to endure for us. He shed His blood so that we could be justified. He endured cruel mocking and false accusations against Him. He was even willing to be made a sin-offering so that we could be righteous before God (2 Corinthians 5:21). We owe it to Christ to think about the cross. Consider what Jesus did for you. Consider the hope of heaven you have because Jesus was willing to endure such horrific persecution for mankind. I know you are busy; all of us are. But stop and consider Christ.
“Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted” (Galatians 6:1).
It always seems easier to consider others than it is to consider ourselves. We all have faults. We all fall short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23). So, when a fault overtakes a brother, let’s try to restore him with meekness. When trying to get someone who has fallen to come back to Christ, there is no cause to be arrogant. There is no need to do so in a cruel or unkind fashion. We may someday fall and need restoring. If so, we will certainly want someone to try to restore us in a loving fashion. Let’s consider ourselves, with all our own weaknesses and faults, when faced with the situation of trying to restore another.
From time to time, we need to stop and consider. It’s good for the mind, but more importantly, it is good for the soul. When we stop and consider things that pertain to spiritual truths, we are better able to put things in proper perspective and to serve God with the right frame of mind. So, let’s all take time to stop and consider.