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“For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, Lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls” Hebrews 12:3
The one question that I never want to hear again is “what were you thinking”? It would often come after a bad decision or an uncontrolled act would be performed in such a way that someone would look at me with disgust and a shaking of the head.
Last time I spoke about the notion of hindsight and the yearning for a “do over”. I’d like to continue the idea of what the command in the Bible means when we see the word “consider”. In the text in Hebrews 12:3, it seems the word used here is the only time we see it in the New Testament. This is different than the word used in Hebrews 10:24 where it refers to thinking about each other. In chapter 12 it seems to ask us to think about God, I guess there’s a difference.
When asked “who is man?” we can easily answer according to Scripture that in Genesis 2, “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being” Genesis 2:7. Although a unique and marvelous work, it is still explainable. So when we are asked to “consider one another” we have a basis because of experience and know for the most part what we’re dealing with. We can have relationships with each other but, understand the risk of disappointment and unmet expectations. That’s where we run into problems.
That’s why I believe after reading Hebrews 10:24 the writer takes some time to ponder a command and knowing that some of us may have a problem when it comes to considering others based on past experiences.
After walking us thru the “Hall of Faith” in chapter 11, we read in chapter 12:3, “Consider Him”, a whole different thought process. Try answering the question “who is God?” not so easy.
“For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.” This verse should bring us back to level ground with anyone we are dealing with. How do you say to God “Lord, you don’t understand”. The idea is to consider the things God has done for us, taking time to ponder the Love He has shown and to respond in such a way that our next move can be easily explained when asked “what were you thinking?”.
From Psalm 94, a good follow up to these thoughts.
“For You, LORD, have made me glad through Your work;
I will triumph in the works of Your hands.” Rob Russomano is a full-time servant at America’s Keswick and is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Think About This: There is more grace in Christ than sin in you. —Burk Parsons
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: You shall hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the plots of man; You shall keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues. Psalm 31:20