Daily Devotional from Eagles' Wings
Today: Thursday, September 21, 2017

An Antidote for Discouragement

Consider him.
HEBREWS 12:3

It is the plan of Satan so to attack and harass the people of God that they will become wearied and faint in their minds. The word wearied means exhausted, being so despondent and discouraged as to have ones spirit broken. The consequence of that is to be faint of mind. Faint literally means to lose out, or to relax. It signifies an abandonment of ones stand for the gospel and the Word of God. Surely this is Satans aim in these days. He is determined to break the spirit of the faithful remnant and cause them to relax in their stand against the enemies of truth.

How can such a tragedy be prevented? The words of our text signify the only preventative: Consider him. The word consider means to compute by comparing things in their due proportion. In the context here, Paul is urging believers to form an accurate estimate of Christs suffering and compare their own with it. The apostle speaks of Christ enduring such contradiction of sinners against himself. The idea is that Christs sufferings were unprecedented, unparalleled, and unsurpassed. In effect, therefore, Paul is drawing our attention to the cross and Christs agony there. Ultimately he is directing us to the love of Christ for His church. When we behold, and see (Lam. 1:12) that there is no sorrow like Christs, we are reminded of Christs mighty love for the elect. It is an unconditional, sacrificial, and immutable love. Such love calls for faithfulness and steadfastness for Christ. May each of us catch a fresh glimpse of Christs love in His crosswork and be strengthened as we strive against sin.

Joy fills our heart to the extent that Jesus fills our mind.
Alexander Simpson

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