Psalm 13 is so refreshing for the soul wrestling with the difficulties and sorrows of this life.
“How long, Oh Lord? Will you forget me forever?”
Isn’t that how we feel so much of the time toward God, especially when faced with really heavy burdens or sorrows, whether they are our own or those of others?
“Consider and answer me, Oh Lord my God; light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death, lest my enemy say, ‘I have prevailed over him,’ lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken.”
In being cared for by the living God or in being His instrument of grace in His care for those around us through us, may we realize the power of true CONSIDERATION.
Let us think for just a few minutes about how carefully and kindly God, the God Who is sovereign and good over all of creation, considers us! What a wonder that He would attend to our needs and sorrows, our labors and trials, and even to our sin and weakness! He attends so carefully to our lives that He has entered into our lives in the second person of the Trinity, Jesus Christ, and endured a life of normal, unimpressive labor and a short life at that. God considers us so carefully that He opens wide this story of Jesus’ life among us for us to enter into and appreciate four different times from four different perspectives in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. As we consider Christ we realize God’s consideration of humanity’s condition of sinfulness and weakness, inability to ultimately satisfy God’s requirement of holy lives lived here! What a kindness that Christ would not only live a holy life here but then die the death we deserve, absorbing the wrath of God not just by a physical death but by a crushing of His very soul on the cross. Christ endured not just a physical death but a spiritual torment and punishment for the sins we embody and commit. We are sinful by nature and sinful by behavior, and Jesus looks us full-on in the face, each of us, and offers eternal forgiveness and fellowship!! May we consider this Jesus and place our full weight upon His atoning death for us! May we enter into this eternal KNOWING OF GOD in the true story, the Gospel of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection!
Finally, may we consider one another as believers and consider the lost. Taking the time to truly consider another, someone OTHER than yourself, is not child’s play. Believe me, I watch my son and enjoy him so very much, but I can see very clearly that we do not naturally consider the interests of OTHERS.
My dad gave me a bumper sticker that simply says “Others”. The website it references doesn’t appear to be working, but I like the bumper sticker, so I stuck it on each of my doors on the front of my little get-around and marketing car as well as on my actual bumper… Go figure!
It’s been special to have those stickers on my car actually because I’m able to tell people about our God and about the Gospel of Christ and about my own purpose in this world as well as my wife’s! I get to ask them about their purpose and calling in this world as well. Considering others in love and genuine interest begins not just conversations but intentional friendships and relationships that can last not just a life-time but for eternity, right?
“But I have trusted in Your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in Your salvation. I will sing to the LORD, because He has dealt bountifully with me.”
May we be less about “likes” and “tweets” and “pins” and be more about the praise and admiration of our eternal God over all!