Consider the Great Things He has done

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Devotion by Rev. Julius Izza Tabi. Thursday May 02, 2018.

While delivering his farewell speech there were no better words Samuel, the man of God could use that implore Israel than to say “consider what great things he has done for” them (1 Samuel 12:24 ESV). After a successive thunderous conquer and settlement in the Promised Land at the able leadership of the commanding officer Joshua, Israel fell into a state of anarchy where the Holy Law of the Almighty God was forgotten. There was so much lawlessness and wickedness to the extent that everyone in Israel “did what was right in his own eyes” (Judges 21:25).

After series of Judges who successfully delivered Israel from her foes but failed to restore order and godliness, God raised a one—Samuel who took Israel from a state of godlessness to a people who feared God. Where there is fear of God, there is order, instead of everyone acting as it seems good in their eyes, people try to do as it seems good in the eyes of the Lord. Having taken Israel from such a state, Samuel very well knew of the Great Things the Lord has done for his people let alone their former deliverance from Egypt. God is great, he does great things. Hallelujah, praise to his name.

God’s greatness is regardless of the things we go through. There is a lot of trouble around the world. Sufferings from natural calamities, wars which leads to demise of thousands and displacement of millions and many more other sufferings. As such, it is not uncommon to hear many people ask; “if God is good, great and he exists, why would he allow such terrible things happen?” Even in the midst of troubles, God’s greatness always remains audible and visible to those who have ears and eyes are inclined to him.

Like Samuel, the 19th century hymn writer Fanny Crosby who despite being blinded by an illness at infancy was able to see the greatness of God. She wrote the great hymn “To God be the glory” as a testimony of God’s greatness not only in her life but to the entire world. In the first stanza of her hymn, Crosby writes:

To God be the glory, great things He hath done,
So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,
Who yielded His life our redemption to win,
And opened the life-gate that all may go in.

I implore you to always consider the great things the Lord has done for you. I pray that a careful consideration of the greatness of God will always make you find peace, hope and joy in life. I pray that the audacity and visibility of God’s greatness and his great acts will never be concealed from you. As such you will be able to sing:

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the earth hear His voice;
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the people rejoice;
Oh, come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory; great things He hath done.

May God bless you as you contemplate and celebrate the greatness of the Lord. Amen!

Rev. J


Rev. Julius is a pastor in the Anglican Diocese of Ma’di and West Nile in the Province of the Church of Uganda. He is the Dean of Students at the Arua Campus of Uganda Christian University.

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