Consider

Only fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things he has done for you. ~ 1 Samuel 12:24

I love that word “consider.” Dictionary.com defines it as “to think carefully about, especially in order to make a decision; contemplate; reflect on.” I have a mental image of holding head in hand and slowly tapping a cheek. Considering takes time, intention, and slowing down.

Often, our minds run away from us. Instead of thoughtfully considering something, we allow our feelings or our worries to run rampant in our minds. Instead of considering, we meander or obsess or dull our minds.

But here we see the urgency of a dying prophet, Samuel. He knows that this is his farewell speech. He will no longer be able to guide these people he has loved and served for so long and so he gives them his words. And what does he say? Among other things, Samuel says,

Only fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things he has done for you. ~ 1 Samuel 12:24

I think these are inextricably connected. When we take the time to consider what God has done for us (as opposed to the oh-so-wonderful things we have accomplished or even the things others do), we develop a sense of gratitude and awe. In considering the many powerful and merciful things God has done in our lives, we in turn find ourselves compelled from the very depths of our being to fear him and to serve him. And we also begin to glimpse how very much he loved us – and loves us still.

And when I think, that God, His Son not sparing; 
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in; 
That on a Cross, my burdens gladly bearing, 
He bled and died to take away my sin.

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee, 
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.

(Stuart K. Hine)

Photo by Daniel Mingook Kim on Unsplash

Image by Pexels from Pixabay (with inserted hymn lyrics)

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