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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.