In Ecclesiastes 7:14 we are told, In the day of adversity consider. You can look up the word adversity for yourself in a Strong’s Concordance under #7451 (in the Hebrew) and you’ll quickly see that it is not referring to a picnic in the park.
We’ve all felt, to some extent, the crunch of our economy. In addition to that, the morals of our society just seem to be spiraling downward at an accelerated pace. Indeed, Luke 21:26, which prophecies of men’s hearts failing them from fear and expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, is being fulfilled even now. Is there no hope for the child of God? Must we, like the world, suffer from failing hearts and troubled minds? No. Our Lord wants us to trust Him and not be afraid.
When adversity strikes, what do you consider? Jesus tells us to do some bird watching. He also tells us to check out the lilies. I find in Hebrews 3:1 and 12:3 that Jesus is to be given our utmost consideration. I realize that looking at myself can only make matters worse, and worrying will not give me a growth spurt.
Instead, I’d do well to follow Paul’s advice in Philippians 4:6-8: Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things.
When God addressed Israel through the prophet Haggai, He twice told them to consider their ways. I find that in tough times it’s easier to consider the impossibilities of my situation; however, it’s more profitable to consider Jesus.
Consider the work of God. He is unchanging in His care for you. Fill your heart with God’s Word. Meditate on His eternal Word. Make Joshua 1:8,9 your consideration in tough times. The key to peace is to fear the LORD, and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you.