Mighty Acts

October 10, 2015
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Psalm 145:4 – One generation will commend your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts. (NIV)

While reading today's verse, I started wondering what mighty acts of God have happened since the Bible was written, which could be told to the upcoming generation. I can list several things: the reformation of Christianity under leaders like Luther and Calvin; the development of the protestant work ethic under leaders like John and Charles Wesley; the abolition of slavery under William Wilberforce; the emphasis on education begun by Robert Raikes; the founding of universities like Princeton and Harvard to train clergy; the success of the civil rights movement under Martin Luther King, Jr.; and the fall of communism in the USSR under Gorbachev, a Christian. There are many more that I have surely forgotten; there are other major events that I have not recalled.

In the faith community, the mighty acts of God are often harder to pinpoint because they have a major effect on individuals and small groups, rather than being noticed on a worldwide scale. I have known people to be cured of cancer through the power of prayer. I have seen people so moved by the words of Christ that their lives have been changed. I have watched the people of God embrace those who are deeply hurt by loss and tragedy. I have seen the spiritual nurturing of young children who have grown in the Christian faith. I have been with people as they pass over from this world to the next, quietly surrendering themselves to the almighty will of God.

God's mighty acts can be seen and found wherever there are people on earth. He has never abandoned us to the evil that mankind often does, nor has He ever forsaken us in the midst of our troubles. His mightiest act was to send His Son Jesus Christ into our world to save us from our sins, to heal us of our hurt, and to restore us to God's favour. Above all else, this mighty act of salvation through Jesus is the one amazing event that I want to tell constantly to the next generation. In my humble opinion, there is no other greater story, there is no other mightier act of God.

Questions for personal reflection: When and where have I seen God's mighty acts in the world? When and where have I personally experienced His mighty acts in my own life?

Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for being present in the world and in our own lives. We seek Your guidance and look for Your presence each day. Help us to see Your mighty acts in the world, as well as the ones that we can experience in our everyday lives. In Your holy name, we pray. Amen.

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Great word John.

    Yes, let us remember all the Lord Jesus Christ has done for us. Blessings.

    Thank you again for another inspiring devotional. I always look forward to reading them.

    May we all look consciously for the mighty acts of God right in our very midst.
    Thanks for the reminder!

    Thank you for the time you take to write the Daily devotions. You will never know the comfort you give to so many. Mighty acts, you have performed so many Mighty acts with your words of scripture, Thank You.

    Hi John, we certainly need to have this reminder in capital letters given the ongoing increasing accounts of evil attacking our world. To me the mighty acts on a world scale are the willingness of Christian men and women to accept beheading rather than deny Jesus.

    Dear John Stuart,
    Your devotional is mighty too, in it remuneration of the mighty works of God.
    Let us pray for more mighty works to draw multitudes to our Lord in out time.
    Keep writing.

    Good thoughts John,
    If only the unsaved could think like you, we would be able to see them, especially some of our loved ones, in heaven.
    To continue to pray for them is our ministry.
    God Bless you and yours.

    What a perfect reflection and prayer for our Canadian Thanksgiving weekend! Thank you so much John. Your reflections are always worth the read, worth pondering, and above all, worth the effort to get to know Jesus more intimately. May we always be willing, prepared and eager to tell others about our Wonderful Lord and the salvation that He has put within our reach.

    Hello John,
    Thank you so much for your devotional today and I will share it with a friend who will find some encouragement from some of what you wrote. He looks forward to my sharing with him as he’s gone through so much, but fortunately he has a strong faith and doesn’t give up. So, thank you.
    Thank you. May the Lord blessed you beyond, as I like to say it.

    Pastor John,
    What a powerful devotional today. Thank you for some ‘food for thought’! I too have seen God working throughout my fairly long life, and thank Him for His presence and help in tough times.
    My daughter leads the youth of our church – food, games and study time! I’m sure your devotional will be used for one of her study times to help these marvelous young people see God working in their daily lives and in those around them.
    We both enjoy your devotionals very much. Thanks again for taking the time to share your faith and insights.

    ” and the fall of communism in the USSR under Gorbachev, a Christian”
    Dear John Stuart and PresbyCan,
    What? No mention of Pope John Paul the second’s great influence and role in bringing down Communism in the former USSR? Really? Are Presbyterian Christians so hostile towards Catholics that they would rather acknowledge a Politician but not the leader of the largest Christian denomination for his obvious role as a Polish citizen but more importantly because of his position as the leader of the Catholic Church, in bringing down Communism in the USSR?
    I am Catholic. I embrace all Christians. In our Church services we do not alienate other Christian denominations, but I have noticed that other Christian denominations are reluctant to acknowledge the good works of prominent Catholics. I have been subscribing to the PresbyCan for several years and will continue to do so because I love you folks. You are my brothers and sisters.

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