This came out while working this week in discipleship. I am working through Foundations, a great discipleship book published by a friend of mine (if you would like to know more about foundations email me at firstname.lastname@example.org). While studying about God the Father we read this verse Deuteronomy 4:39 “Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the Lord he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else.” I don’t know how many times I’ve read that verse throughout my life, but it really stood out to me this time. I pointed out a few things to my friend about this verse and I’ll share them with you.
- Know: You need to know that God is God. He is who He claims to be. He is all that He claims to be. This was very important for the Jewish nation to understand at this point in their history. Really up until now they had been a family, a tribe with no land of their own. They had been slaves in Egypt. They are about to become a nation established in the promised land. Their nation must be built on the truth that there is one LORD and one God. The nations they will be surrounded by are polytheists; this one truth will separate Israel from their neighbors. They know the one true God.
- Consider: So you and I as Christians know God, but I think we fail to consider. Mr. Webster, in his 1828 edition, says this about consider: “to fix the mind on, with a view to a careful examination; to think on with care; to ponder; to study; to meditate on.” We know who God is. We know that He is all that He claims to be, but many times we don’t consider it. We don’t “fix the mind on it…” we don’t “think on it with care.” Our faith is weak, our worship is anemic, and our ministries are pitiful because we are failing to consider the God that we serve. Our thoughts about God are so important. A.W. Tozer said, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” We worry because we don’t consider God. We are doubtful because we don’t consider God. We try and take matters in our own hands because we don’t consider God.
Today stop and consider who you serve. Set your thoughts upon God today. Take in the grandeur of His glory. Allow yourself to be amazed at His mightiness. Lose yourself in His eternality. Look up into the sky and know that God is God in heaven above and in the earth below. He is God alone; there is none like Him. You know it. Now go and consider it.