‘Consider Him ... so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.’ Heb 12: 3
There are times when we all need to draw aside and have special times with family or a close friend. A mother craves the company of her children, even when they are older, those special moments when the busyness of the day ceases and hearts are frank and open. It’s these moments that make us what we are and connect us to each other.
The same rule applies in the spiritual world. If we are to have a unique relationship with our Heavenly Father and with Christ, the Well Beloved of our souls, then we must have special times of being alone to consider Him.
Consider Him doesn’t mean thinking about ourselves or pouring out a list of needs to God. It means reflecting on the kind of person Christ was and is. It means thinking no longer of ‘me’ but of Him. This is not a simple task and requires some amount of concentration and motivation to achieve. We can physically draw aside from the busyness of life but still be busy inside. Consider Him means to stop the actions and the thoughts, the whirl of our minds and allow time for sweet contemplation of our Lord Jesus.
So how do we manage to achieve this? Not on our own that’s for sure, but with the power of the Holy Spirit. For me it works this way. I prepare myself sometimes for days. I encourage a hunger to grow in my heart for that special revelation when I can consider Him. I read material* that draws me closer to Christ. When I find a phrase or a sentence or small portion that speaks to me I concentrate on it. This morsel can last a day, a week or even longer. When something speaks to us like that we shouldn’t just gloss over it and run on for the next crumb. Take time, let the morsel become a meal and the meal a feast. Let Christ step out of the words on the page. Let Him speak to your heart and have those special moments when the busyness of the day ceases and hearts are frank and open. Yes, Christ can be frank and open with you and as you begin to grasp what He is saying you learn to open your own complicated, confused being to His beautiful simplicity. His touch, as we consider His perfection, sorts everything for us. It stills the storm, it helps us to understand where we went wrong, it helps us to face up to our mistakes and we learn to be at peace with ourselves. Our soul is brought into a closeness of fellowship with Christ as is described:
‘the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.’ 1 Samuel 18:1b
Our soul is knit with Christ’s and we will learn to experience the love Christ has for us. In return, our heats become soft and open, willing to hear whatever words He wants to drop into our soul.
‘His mouth is most sweet: yea, he is altogether lovely.’
Song of Solomon 5:16a
It doesn’t matter what He says, when we truly consider Him, we can receive it. His words are sweet and bring true life, peace and the abundance of blessing to us.
We will learn a vital lesson, one that every Christian should learn although few truly find their way into the deeps. Our true source of strength is in fellowship totally alone with Christ. We shall not grow weary and lose heart. In fact the opposite will happen for us. We will grow strong and be encouraged, for we have learned how to truly consider Him.
*Reading material that I find helpful might be useful to others.
The Bible of course! The writings of Amy Carmichael, C H Spurgeon and Samuel Rutherford, J Hudson Taylor’s Union and Communion.