Scripture Reading: I Samuel 12:19-25
“Only fear the Lord and serve Him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things He has done for you.” (I Samuel 12:24)
When I read this verse, the second part of it grabbed my attention — “For consider what great things He has done for you.” When I look back over my life, I see God’s hand at work over and over again. He has protected me so many times. He has always provided what I needed. He has blessed me in so many ways. He has done so many great things for me.
Even during the darkest times in my life, I have seen the Lord at work. There are things that I have faced that I did not like and that I wish had been different, but none-the-less I know God used them for my good and for His glory. One of the verses that I have held on to during times of adversity is Ephesians 1:11 — “In Him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined accruing to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will.” When I consider the sovereignty of God, I find great peace, for I know He is in control of all things.
Of course, the greatest thing God has done for me is the provision of salvation through His Son Jesus Christ. When I consider what Jesus did for me, I am overwhelmed with wonder, praise and love. The writer to the Hebrews put it this way — “Consider Him who endured from sinners such hostility against Himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted” (Hebrews 12:3).
The refrain of Fanny Crosby’s hymn, “To God Be the Glory,” sums it up — “Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the earth hear His voice! Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the people rejoice! O come to the Father through Jesus the Son, and give Him the glory — great things He hath done!”
Gracious and generous Lord, I am so grateful for all the great things You have done for me. You have blessed me with a wonderful family. You have blessed the ministries I have been involved in. You have always provided what I needed. Lord Jesus, when I consider what You endured for me, I am overwhelmed with Your love for me. Indeed, You have done great things for me.
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