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Dr. Larry W. Montgomery

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Consider Him

Saturday 25 January 2014 - 10:15:28


CONSIDER HIM

“For consider him that endureth such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.” (Hebrews 12:3)

In our study today, we are looking once again at this glorious passage. As I thought on this verse my mind picked out the words "Consider Him". Throughout the day these words have, like the tentacles of an octopus, hung in the rafters of my soul.

Paul’s words here are a continuation of the thoughts of chapter 11, where we are brought face-to-face with the faith of saints of days gone by who have suffered, even to death, for their faith. These Paul refers to as "a great cloud of witnesses" (12:1).

They have witnessed to the faithfulness of God in each of their circumstances. We are challenged in chapter 12, verse 2, to “look to Jesus", keeping our eyes on the finish line and the winners circle, where our Lord is waiting for we who are in the race. The Old Testament saint could not see, by his or her eye of faith, the finish line. They were pressing on, not really knowing where they were going, but they searched for a city whose builder and maker is God (Heb. 11:10).

We, on the contrary, know; for our faith has believed the promise made by our Lord that He would go to prepare a place for us (John 14:2). John describes this place for us in Rev. 21: 10. We have evidence of the promise written in this precious book. Multiple promises and evidences assure our faith.

It is good to learn of those who faced seemingly insurmountable obstacles and triumphed, but our example is, more so, Christ. The word "consider" (used here) means to estimate. In other words, what is your estimation of Christ? Our trials, tests, persecutions, are nothing to be compared to His. He resisted, unto blood, striving against sin. We have not done so! It behooves us to, in time of trials, look to our Lord as our example. Many of us have faltered along the way, but HE never doubted or staggered at the will of the Father.

What is our test, or trial? I’ve often said, and heard others say, we are either in a trial, just finished one, or preparing to enter one. To finish successfully, fix your eyes on Him. The eyes of faith can see through the trial, through the tunnel, beyond the trail, to the triumphant victory. Our race will not be without effort on our part. The word "striving" (Heb. 12:4) is a laborious word. It connotes both work and warfare. Most saints want to remain in the bivouac area and taste the same victory as those who crawled through the trenches, ducked the bullets, bombs and grenades of the enemy. While they can taste victory, their experience has not earned them the same ability to taste as those on the front line.

Fainting is common among the weak and fearful. To "faint" means to quit, plain and simple. The trials are not designed by our Father to destroy us, but to develop and mature us. If our estimation of the Lord is what it should be, we will strive vigorously to get to the finish line. We must arrive, for it is His determinate plan to bring us through. We may arrive scarred, wounded, tired, weary, stained and strained, but we SHALL get to the finish.

The estimation we have placed upon our Lord will determine how well we do in the race. We will not all be in first place. If we are His we shall reach the finish line and taste the victory. There will be those to whom the victory is sweeter than others, but none-the-less, sweet. The main reason is because HE is there. He watches over us in our trials as He did the disciples on the Sea of Galilee, and He makes a way, giving us victory after victory until we reach our final home.

I pray you as well as I might get a greater glimpse of Him, fix a higher estimation of Him and not fail in the race.

Dr. Larry Montgomery