A Change of Mind. Day ten...
When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
The moon and the stars, which You have ordained,
What is man that You are mindful of him,
And the son of man that You visit him? (Psalm 8:3–4 NKJV)
As a young man, David must have spent a great deal of time outdoors taking care of his family's sheep herd. Back then, to take care of the sheep meant to live with the sheep—day and night, through all kinds of weather.
As a young man on the farm, I also spent a great deal of time outdoors. While I never took care of any sheep, I spent day after day after day sitting on a tractor. And just like David, I had plenty of time for considering things.
Back in my day tractors didn't have air‐conditioned cabs with digital entertainment. I sat out in the open, exposed to the elements. So I considered the cloud formations, the wind, the wildlife, the soil conditions—I considered whatever I observed around me.
If you've always been surrounded by man‐made things, you may have a more difficult time relating to David's psalm than I do. But if you have an appreciation for the great outdoors you can surely relate to David's “Wow God!”
When we are willing to consider those things that are bigger than us—bigger than our own opinions—we open ourselves up to opportunities that we didn't know existed.
Please note: This is certainly not unique to Christianity. Men and women throughout history have been willing to consider things bigger than themselves, and civilization has benefited from their positive contributions—such as art and invention. But there's always the danger that when God is left out of the process such considerations will create dictatorships, atomic bombs, economic disasters, and other forms of destruction and death.
Considering, however, what God has done opens us up to new possibilities which are only beneficial.
For David, considering God's amazing creation opened his heart to accept the value that God must have placed on him. It's as if David said to God, “You mean—after creating all this vast expanse of the universe You think about me? You mean—after doing what no man could ever do you You come to visit me?”
But David could only look forward to what we too often take for granted—Emmanuel (God with us)! When we won't consider all the significance of God Himself walking the earth in the likeness of man, we close ourselves off to opportunity.
Yes, Jesus made it possible for us to have eternal life. But it is important for us to consider “all” that was made possible by His presence in the likeness of man.
What we will not consider, we most likely will never experience.
And we will completely miss out on the significance of Jesus' ministry for our lives here on this earth if we won't consider what it means for Him to have walked in the likeness of man.
There is a great deal of resistance to understanding all of what Jesus made possible by walking in the likeness of man:
- Some are offended because Jesus declared that if you've seen Him then you've seen the Father (see John 14:6–11). They can't accept Jesus' claim to be as much God as is the Father.
- Some cannot conceive of Jesus walking the earth as a sinless man. They are stubbornly justified in their own sin because they believe Jesus could only have lived at their level—not the level He claimed to have lived (see John 5:19, 30).
- Some are convinced that Jesus only looked like man but acted like God—as an impossible example for any of us to follow (see 1 Peter 1:16).
He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar‐Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. (See Matthew 16:15–17 NKJV)
Peter was willing to consider something bigger than his own opinion. And as a result God revealed His true nature to Peter. Jesus was the anointed One, the Son of the living God. Jesus then anointed Peter with the ability to bind on earth what was bound in Heaven, and to loose on earth what was loosed in Heaven (see Matthew 16:13–19).
Jesus has a set of keys to the kingdom of Heaven for you as well, if you will only consider the possibility.
Have a good day,