Isaiah 1:3 – “The ox instinctively knows his owner, and the donkey his master’s crib; but Israel does not know or recognize Me (as Lord), My people do not consider or understand.” Amplified.
I would recommend reading Psalms 103 as an addendum to this passage. I have noticed through my years of Christian service that thoughtfulness about the things of the world and thoughtlessness about the things of God and Eternity is a very common problem among God’s people. I have learned that “superficial thinking leads to superficial living.”
Notice the words of the verse: “The ox knows his owner, and the donkey his master’s crib but…” But? There should be no but when it comes to the condition of God’s people, but God said, “But…” How tragic that too frequently and once is too frequent, God’s people fail to recognize their Owner or Lord. We sometimes fail to recognize His blessings and fail to express our gratitude. I have no doubt that breaks God’s heart as much as ingratitude does ours.
Inconsiderateness is a hindrance to spiritual growth, development, and usefulness. I say that because, in matters spiritual, it dishonors God. Talking the talk without walking the walk makes us mechanical and that can never be a substitute for honest reflection of the heart and thankfulness of the soul.
I can only imagine how changed our lives would be and how thrilled our heavenly Father would be if we would take time to meditate on His word until the fire begins to burn within our hearts. I don’t know how many others have felt powerless at some point in their Christian testimony. I don’t know how many others have been disturbed over the lack of fruit in their Christian experience and wanted more. If we would seek to abide in Him and His word abide in us, seeking Him first, I am convinced we would see more demonstration of the power of God and God and more souls born into the Family of God. I want that!
When I read the word of the passage, “My people do not consider…” In that, I hear the cry and complaint of wounded love. God desires deeply to have fellowship with us, transform us by the renewing of our minds, and empower us with His Spirit. However, when we are slothful and negligent, He cannot, therefore we give Him cause to complain against us.
I would like us to consider some of the things God’s People Fail to Consider and decide if they apply to us and what our response should be. I will pause here and do that in the next devotional.
God bless you as you enjoy this wonderful day in Him!