Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Acts of Greatness

UV 677/10,000 “The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.” Psalm 126 v 3 We are filled with joy when we recognize the great things the Lord has done for us. He has given us life and eternal life. He has given us a body and mind, free from handicap. He has given us our talents. He has delivered us from powerful foes. He has provided abundantly for us. He has strengthened us from within. He has comforted us in our losses. Israel as a nation rejoiced in the great deliverance they were given from slavery in Egypt. Hannah rejoiced on being given a son even as Sarah rejoiced in Isaac. Jacob rejoiced in seeing his lost son, Joseph. He saved Moses from death as an infant. He delivered him to be raised by the very family, Pharaoh’s that had ordered the slaughter of all Hebrew infants. Mary rejoiced when the angel confirmed that the child she was going to bear is the Son of God, the Messiah sent to save all mankind. The Lord desires that our joy shall be full. Therefore, He undertakes to do great things for us. He cannot do an ordinary or commonplace act. Acts of greatness reveal His might, His love, His grace and His mercy. Creation and redemption are the two great acts of God in our lives. In addition to these two, He does innumerable acts in our lives that fill us with thanksgiving not just at the time it happens but all through our lives. Three short sentences sum up the great acts the Lord has done in my life so far:He saved me. He delivered me from death. He lifted me up. Indeed, salvation of our souls is the greatest thing the Lord has accomplished for us. It pleases God when we constantly remember the great moments and events of our lives and give praise and thanksgiving to Him. It is said that the great moments in our lives are few but the small moments run into millions. We need to use all the small moments to remember with joy and thanksgiving the great moments. Prateep V Philip

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