Therefore thou shalt love the LORD thy God, and keep His charge, and His statues, and His judgments, and His commandments, always (Deuteronomy 11:1, KJV).
The children of Israel saw with their own eyes all the great acts of the LORD. He hoped such mighty acts would cause the love of God to well up in their hearts. Such love would prompt them to obedience. Then God would make them strong to go in and possess the land.
However, their faith became weak when they saw the enemy behind them and the Red Sea in front of them. With mighty power God swept back the waters of the Red Sea so that they marched through it on dry land. At once when they reached the opposite shore, the waters overflowed Pharaoh and his army.
Later, they gasped as the earth opened up and swallowed Korah, Datham, and Abiram alive. They stood back in awe as fire from heaven consumed the 250 men who offered incense.
During forty years of wandering in the wilderness, God sustained them with manna. Their clothes and shoes did not wear out. The glory cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night continually reminded them of God's presence.
God has also showed my family great and mighty things. For about ten years we lived around the Navajo Indians, ministering the gospel to them. We lived about a year at a place called Inscription House on the reservation. Our half-support sustained us as we had no rent to pay and no utilities.
When we did not obtain our lease, we moved into a trailer park at Black Mesa in our blue school bus. While there, God supplied our needs in unexpected ways. One month the Daily Vacation Bible School of Bodine Baptist Church in Oklahoma City took us on for their missionaries. They collected about $80—our rent money!
Another month a stranger handed Leon $20 after he showed them where they could park their motor home. He worked with a friend in the Black Mesa Mines for the remainder.
On another occasion Rose and I visited the Los Carmelitos Housing Project in Long Beach. We did open-air work with the children, sharing the gospel with them. The children kept coming and coming—those children hungered for love. Near the close of the day, one child said, “Can I go get my twin?”
We did not want to keep our hostess waiting supper on us. “We'll come back tomorrow,” we promised. The next day rain plummeted the ground. “Oh Lord,” we prayed, “Please stop the rain so that we can keep our promise.” About 2:00 that afternoon the rains stopped. Again we shared the gospel at Carmelitos. God can even stop the rain when His children pray.
More recently God has given me peace and joy when my world fell apart. Do His great and mighty acts stir up my love for Him? Do I obey Him out of a heart of love?
When we pour out our hearts to God, and obey Him, He can do great and mighty things.
Prayer: Oh Lord, stir up thy love in me. Thank you for thy great and mighty acts. Amen.