Consider what great things He has done for you- 1 Samuel 12:24
I am really good at considering all the things going badly in my life. There is a running list in my mind of all the negative, overwhelming things to worry about. It’s not a conscious decision to continually think about all the hard things in life, but 1 Samuel 12:24 made me realize I’m not intentionally filling my mind with thoughts of God’s blessings in life either.
I am in a season of life where it seems like mostly terrible things are happening. Just when it seems like things can’t get any worse, the hits keep coming. It is a struggle to trust that God has good waiting in the midst of all of this — or at least at the end of the tunnel, if there is one.
So, when I read, Consider what great things He has done for you, I was convicted to remember that He has done great things for me. The long list includes a lifetime of great things, even amidst sorrow and brokenness.
This scripture pierced my heart, because the narrative that God does not do good things for me has been building in my heart through repetitive, negative thoughts. Again, it is not something I have been aware of, but a flood of thoughts have curated this lie.
Spending time to consider what kind of things God has done for me began to change my whole perspective on life again. Remembering His goodness increased my trust in Him coming through for me now.
All of us have a long list of God’s great things He has done for us, if we learn how to identify them.
The life-changing habit is to remember to consider them.
Why should we be intentional about considering His track record often? It is because God’s Past Faithfulness Demands our Present Trust.
I feel I am writing a similar post to that previous one, but David also revisited the same themes in his psalms, so I guess I’m in good company!
God often re-teaches, bringing us back to the same lesson in a deeper way. He always has more wisdom, but we need more than simple understanding of a truth. We need it to become a habit so that we live it!
David learned to bring every thought captive to God’s authority by choosing to think upon all the great things God had done.
There were enemies after him in almost every season of life. God was with him to protect him, but the terror was palpable as he waited to see if God would deliver him.
Throughout the Psalms, David waffled between desperate pleas for God not to forget him, to glorious declarations of faith in God’s faithfulness.
However intense his warfare was, his own mind was where it was the most exaggerated.
At first glance, David might seem wishy-washy. But really, the Psalms are an authentic inside view of the mind and heart of David as an “every man.”
His writings are the mental gymnastics of every believer: God, You are so good! I trust You! I will never doubt You again.
But those thoughts can turn on a dime into: God, where ARE You? Have You forgotten me? Is Your Word true? Are You actually real?
God knows my frame, He remembers that I am dust. He understands my weakness to fear and doubt, but He is the author of my salvation. He designed the plan for His Son’s sacrifice to rescue me, and He initiated a “wait-training” plan to build up the endurance of my faith. This plan consists of testing/proving Him over and over in each new trial, and choosing to think carefully about His past works before making a decision to doubt or trust Him presently.
The process is laid out clearly in the Psalms. God gave David a gift for pouring out his heart and a desire to record it. He did this not just so we can feel normal when we struggle to trust God, but He wanted us to see the excruciating conditioning program David was in. This is an intimate view into David’s thought processes, and how he consistently came back to live in a place of victory.
I wish there was a magic escape from my suffering, and I pray that God would stop or shorten this storm. Until He does, I have a beautiful road map of how to model my thoughts: I need to THINK about what I’m thinking about! I need to be purposeful in what I choose to think upon. Choosing to spend time remembering the great things God has done for me will swing the pendulum hard in the spiritual battle.
Proverbs 23:7 says, For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.
My thoughts produce and affect my emotions. Like David, I want to learn how to direct my thoughts out of discouragement and despair, and get back to a mindset of faith and hope.
THIS is how it’s done:
choose to consider who He is and what He’s done,
trust Him, and REPEAT!
All the while, our endurance that we need is growing stronger so that we do not buckle at the first signs of trouble.
Consider what great things He has done for you.
Let’s make it a habit we practice often. How God has worked in your life so far? Let His track record build your trust and confidence in Him today!