Psalm 67:1-7, God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah. 2 That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations. 3 Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee. 4 O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for thou shalt judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon earth. Selah. 5 Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee. 6 Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us. 7 God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.
As we approach Thanksgiving, all of us would readily admit that God has been good to us, in fact, very good to us. God has blessed us in so many different ways. Let’s consider just a few of the many ways God has blessed us:
- He has saved us
- He has given us a copy of His Word in our language
- He has changed us, and continues to change us on a daily basis
- He has provided us a place to live, clothes to wear, and food to eat
- He has given us good health
- He has given us a wonderful spouse
- He has blessed us with wonderful children and grandchildren
- He has allowed us to live in a country with religious freedom
- He has given us a good church family and spiritual leaders who have been a blessing
- He’s given us a good job and the abundance that few in history have even known
With this last blessing in mind –the blessing of abundance–it might be worth pondering what one author noted:
“For if we have clean water, sufficient food and clothes, a roof over our heads at night, access to medicine, a mode of transportation (even if it’s public), and the ability to read a book, then relative to billions of people in the world, we are incredibly wealthy. Economics professors Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert observe how the standard of living essentially common among us is extremely uncommon in human history. They write, ‘At no time in history has there ever been greater economic disparity in the world than at present.’ Speaking specifically about present-day Americans, they conclude, ‘By any measure, we are the richest people ever to walk on planet.’”
Yes, this Thanksgiving season, let us be grateful for all of His blessings, including the blessing of abundance, but let us also be reminded that He blesses us so we can be a blessing to others.
As I posted earlier today,
Christ’s commands for us, as found in the Bible, coupled with the depth of poverty—both physical and spiritual—“around the corner” and “around the world,” along with the reality of the abundance in our lives and churches, have huge implications for us to ponder during this Thanksgiving season!
This Thanksgiving season, let’s be sure to be thankful, but let’s not simply stop with being thankful for what God has blessed us with, but let’s do something with what we have been given for the glory of God and the good of others — those who don’t have what we are thankful for!