But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. – Hebrews 3:13
WHEN A TRAVELLER PASSES VERY rapidly through a country, the eye has not time to rest upon the diferent objects in it, so that, when he comes to the end of his journey, no distinct impressions have been made upon his mind – he has only a confused notion of the country through which he has travelled. This explains how it is that death, judgment and eternity, make so little impression upon most men’s minds. Most people never stop to think, but hurry on through life, and fnd themselves in eternity, before they have once put the question, “What must I do to be saved?” More souls are lost through want of consideration than in any other way.
The reason why men are not awakened and made anxious for their souls is, that the devil never gives them time to consider. Therefore God cries, “Stop, poor sinner, stop and think. Consider your ways. Oh that you were wise, that you understood this, that you considered your latter end!” And, again He cries, “Israel doth not know, My people doth not consider.”
In the same way does the devil try to make the children of God doubt if there be a Providence. He hurries them away to the shop and market. Lose no time, he says, but make money. Therefore God cries, “Stop, poor sinner, stop and think;” and Jesus says, “Consider the lilies of the feld, how they grow; consider the ravens, which have neither storehouse nor bam.”
In the same way does the devil try to make the children of God live uncomfortable and unholy lives. He beguiles them away from simply looking to Jesus; he hurries them away to look at a thousand other things, as he led Peter, walking on the sea, to look around at the waves. But God says, “Look here, consider the Apostle and High Priest of your profession; look unto me and be ye saved; run your race, looking unto Jesus; consider Christ, the same yesterday, today and forever.”
– Robert Murray McCheyne,
Treasury of Daily Devotions, page 4