Sometime ago I made a request of a professional business woman and I was somewhat taken aback by her response. In what should have been a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer, she opted to say, “I will consider ALL things.”
I’m not sure what she had in mind in terms of considering ‘all things,’ but it occurred to me that that’s why we sometimes get in trouble, lose our perspective, or just plain mess up—we consider ALL things instead of considering the right thing to do in a situation or, better yet, considering the Word of God.
We may be led to do something nice for someone, speak words of encouragement or witness to a stranger, but because we ‘consider all things,’ we don’t. Our confidence wanes and we allow the enemy to creep into our thoughts to remind us that we don’t know the person, and that he or she might be offended, or we are simply uncomfortable approaching someone. If we were to consider the Word of God, the Bible tells us that “The Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being snared,” (Proverbs 3:26). So, why are we afraid?
Our child is misbehaving in public and when we consider all things, we are reluctant or fearful of disciplining him or her in public. We remember how difficult our childhood was and so we don’t discipline our children. We may be concerned about what people think, say or do, so we allow our children to act out in public, or we give them everything they want. The Bible specifically tells us to “Discipline your son, and he will give you peace; he will bring delight to your soul.” (Proverbs 29:17)
We meet Mr. or Mrs. Right, fall in love, and after we ‘consider all things,’ afraid of losing him or her, we allow ourselves to be pressured into sinful relationships. The Bible tells us in 1 Corinthians 6:18-20, to “Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that commits fornication sins against his own body. What? Know you not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which you have of God, and you are not your own? For you are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (1 Corinthians 6:18-20)
Considering all things is a cop out. It’s just another way of saying, “I’m going to weigh my options and do what I want to do, or take my chances and see how things shake out.” It’s selfish, prideful and often, just plain sinful.
Instead of considering all things, try considering what the Word of God says and just do it!
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