“CONSIDER WHAT GOD HAS DONE FOR YOU”
“Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.” (I Samuel 12:24)
When Job was getting straightened out with God, he was reminded to “...consider the wondrous works of God” (Job 37:14). In the eighth psalm, David explicitly proclaims, “When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers…” (Psalm 8:3), and the chorus repeats, “O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!” (Psalm 8:9). The writer of the book of Hebrews admonishes us (believers), “For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds” (Hebrews 12:3).
The word consider means, “to think about or deliberate on.” It is good to take some time to ponder the spectacular accomplishments of our awesome God in nature. No sane, sensible person can dispute the fact of God’s creative work in Genesis 1 and 2 (despite what the modern, atheistic scientists and other heathen have to say… cf Colossians 1:17).
However, dear folks, let us look at and consider the great things He has done for you. He has given you life and breath, strength and a sound mind; love and grace have been poured out without measure in your life. If you are saved, He has given you a Bible to feed upon and direct your life, a church to grow in, and serve Him and enjoy sweet fellowship with the brethren with a common purpose. He has given you a particular purpose in life, and best of all, a home in Heaven that is beyond description. He has healed your infirmities and shown that His grace was sufficient when the thorn was not removed. He has comforted in times of trouble or turmoil, consoled broken hearts, cured wounded spirits and arrested the old flesh. He has confounded the enemy, confused your adversaries, committed to you His will and is soon coming again. Hallelujah! Considering all these things will help you keep your mind on Him.
When we stop considering Him, we stop talking about Him and all His wonderful works. Our witness has become silent and you can be sure our testimonies will become tarnished. Our lives will become empty of the things that really mean something. We will be aimless in our goings and our gains will be selfish in motive and measure. Our God will be displeased and even angry because of our inconsiderate attitudes and actions toward Him. “The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master’s crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider.” (Isaiah 1:3)
Yes, we must daily consider the wonderful things God has done for us. Where would we be without Him?Pastor H. Preston Parker