As Asagai wisely suggested to Beneatha in the Lorraine Hansberry play A Raisin in the Sun, “Never be afraid to sit awhile and think.”
As I write this devotion, I’m one of those lucky Southern Californians enjoying a “winter” January afternoon sitting in my backyard, beside a fully-blooming lemon tree, under clear skies, soaking up the sunshine in 79 degree weather. And after reading my Bible this morning, the passage we’ll discuss today drove me outside to sit, to breathe deeply, and take some time just to think. Psalm 8:3-9 states:
- 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?
- For You have made him a little lower than the angels,
- And You have crowned him with glory and honor.
- You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands;
- You have put all things under his feet,
- All sheep and oxen— Even the beasts of the field,
- The birds of the air, and the fish of the sea that pass through the paths of the seas.
- O Lord, our Lord,
- How excellent is Your name in all the earth! (NKJV)
The Hebrew word for “consider” is ra’ah which means “to see, look at, inspect, perceive.” So the Psalmist is saying, “When I take the time to stop long enough to closely inspect the heavens You have made, it’s a mystery to me as to why You care so much about, and have given so much authority to, mankind.”
Indeed. Think of the treasures of God’s creation! How daunting to seriously contemplate and ruminate over the fact that God made all the amazing things we see and then He placed them under our feet to love, manage, and have dominion over. What a responsibility, but what love, trust, and high hopes God must have for us.
We are God’s children, and He believes in us. Like rich fathers who have come after Him, God has given us the legacy of His work. And also like those rich fathers who have come after Him, God expects His children to live up to His standards and exceed them. Remember that Jesus said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father” John 14:12 (NKJ).
So no matter what the weather’s like where you are, take some time today and consider the great works of God. Consider the fact that God has left His works for us to tend to. Worship Him for being the God of expectation, expecting us to rise to the occasion in our work for Him here for His glory.
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