In my time of devotion, I read the sixth chapter of Mark. The chapter is filled with a particular theme. Within it, we find people who knew Jesus as a child, and accordingly, questioned his ability to engage in ministry. Later in the chapter, we find disciples who walked with Jesus concerned about his ability to feed a multitude. Still we find the disciples stunned at Jesus walking on the water. Jesus says, “Courage! It’s me. Don’t be afraid.” As soon as he climbed into the boat, the wind died down. They were stunned, shaking their heads, wondering what was going on. They didn’t understand what he had done at the supper. None of this had yet penetrated their hearts” (Mark 6:50-52 The Message). The last portion of the scripture in the KJV reads, “For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened.” I was stunned. I thought, how blessed the disciples were to walk with Jesus. How awesome to watch him perform miracles before their very eyes! How could they not believe? How could they doubt? And then, just as the Holy Spirit does, I was reminded, “How many times has God performed miracles for you and you considered not?”
We don’t have to live in Biblical times to experience or rather witness the hand of God! For we consider not how he keeps us daily. For we consider not how when we do something as seemingly small as driving too quickly through the streets and we are kept. For we consider not that he blesses us even when we have not acted or positioned ourselves to receive. For we consider not how pain that we experience today is gone tomorrow. Those are the small considerations. For we consider not the healings from pronunciation of death sentences, for we consider not our children being protected at the bus stop, for we consider not making foolish decisions, for we consider not unemployment and not loosing housing, for we consider not being in a car accident that totals our car, coming out without even a scratch!
Its easy perhaps for us to consider the things in our lives that are not working the way we would prefer. Nevertheless we are being kept. We are being protected. We are being loved. For God considers his son when he looks at us. He considers the sacrifice that was made at Calvary on our behalf. Whatever is keeping us from considering, let us depart from it. That type of thinking and subsequently behaving will keep us from what God has ordained for our lives. And although we fail to recall the considerations, forfeiting like the people in Jesus’ hometown, that we know him, intimately, God doesn’t fail to recognize and acknowledge his consideration of us, and the abundant life that he desires to extend to us. Whatever is keeping us from considering, let us depart from it. That type of thinking and subsequently behaving will keep us from what God has ordained for our lives. For we consider not, Romans 8:18 amidst the tribulation we experience and navigate through Christ Jesus: “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” Glory to God in the highest!