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.
Yesterday we came to the point of identifying some of the things the People of God fail to consider and then address the challenge of how those apply to each of us and what our response should be. I ask you to consider them now.
- We Fail to Consider the Pit Out of Which We Have Been Dug. If we did, we would be More Humble. It is disturbing to see in the Church or recognize in ourselves self-centeredness, self-righteousness, and how quickly we forget the bondage of our Egypt and look fondly on the world. We fail to remember from whence we have come.
- We Fail to Consider the Cost at Which We Have Been Redeemed. If we truly took stock of the cost to God, we would always be much more thankful and careful to honor and please Him in all things. I am continually reminded that there is not one thing that I have ever done that was deserving of God’s Grace. I am frequently reminded of the Peace I have and that it would not be possible without the Blood of Jesus. His infinite Grace and Mercy is immeasurable and for His Love, I am eternally grateful.
- We Fail to Consider Our Relationship with and To Him Who Has Saved Us. If we did, we would be more at peace and experience the Rest wherein the weary are made to rest more than we do. We need to constantly remind ourselves that the word of 1 Corinthians 6:20, “For you have been bought with a price…” We are not our own, we belong to Jesus. He bought and paid for us with His blood. We are members of His Body and because we are, we have nothing to fear. The words of Jesus are our comfort, “Let not your heart be troubled, you believe in God, believe also in Me…” (John 14:1).
- We Fail to Consider Our Privileges and Promises as Sons and Daughters. If we did, we would overflow with Joy. The powerful and comforting words of Galatians 4:6 echo in my spirit, “Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba! Father!”
- We Fail to Consider Our Responsibility as Servants. If we did, we would be much more watchful and diligent in our lives.
- We Fail to Consider the Gift of the Holy Spirit. If we did, we would be a Praising People far more than we are. The glory of God that is yet to be revealed in and through the children of God, is the glory that belongs to the Son of God. In 2 Corinthians 3:18, we read, “And we all, with unveiled face, continually seeing as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are progressively being transformed into His image from [one degree of] glory to [even more] glory, which comes from the Lord, [who is] the Spirit.” Amplified.
Therefore, my plea and challenge for each of us is to Consider our way and Consider Him. I become excited when I read Malachi 3:16-18 – “Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, and the LORD gave attention and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the LORD and who esteem His name. 17 “And they will be Mine,” says the LORD of hosts, “on the day that I prepare My own possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.” 18 So you will again distinguish between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him.” NASB
Let’s become people who Consider Him and Praise Him. I pray that you will have a fantastic day as you walk in His fullness this day!