When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained; what is man that You take thought of him, and the son of man that You care for him? Yet You have made him a little lower than God, and You crown him with glory and majesty! Psalm 8:3-5
On the next clear night, bundle up and go look at the stars. Consider the One who made them and how much He cares about you personally. The quiet moments are more important than you may realize. The call to meditate is not just for people with the aptitude to ponder; there is something important found in being still before God.
“If we really want some things to count, if we genuinely desire some depth to emerge, some impact to be made, some profound and enduring investment to cast a comforting shadow across another’s life (your child, a friend, whomever), it is essential that we slow down . . . at times, stop completely. And think. Now . . . not later. Don’t you dare put this off another day!” –Charles Swindoll
Slow down when you read the Bible. Years ago, a pastor told me that one verse from the Bible properly understood and acted on will change your life forever. Next time you get in the Word, stop on a verse and chew on it and digest it. Read a verse you know and get to know it better. It’s not about how many chapters you can tuck under your belt—it’s what you get out of it.
Despite how sophisticated your thinking is, or how much you may have been through, humble yourself and turn to Jesus. “For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart” (Hebrews 12:3). When Jesus died on the Cross, the enemy was gleeful because everything looked like a failure. But it turned into victory over death and sin. God can take the failures of your life and turn them into triumph.
Consider Jesus (Hebrews 3:1). Set some time aside in this busy season to quiet yourself and contemplate what God has done for you. Get your brain off the negative and remember God’s faithfulness. We all have a series of testimonies—remember yours and write them down. God has big, beautiful plans for your life. We are enrolled as participants in something bigger than we can imagine; so get ready for God to use you to change someone’s life.
God is faithful,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®
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